What are biosimilar drugs?
They are similar to, but not an exact copy of, a biologic drug.
Biologic drugs can be made from a variety of natural sources -- human, animal, or microorganisms, the FDA says. They may be made up of sugars, proteins, or things like cells or tissues, according to the agency. Some are made using genetic technology.
Advances in genetics really are opening up opportunities. I can see a future where we have genetically modified microbes that excrete a variety of useful drugs as waste products.
Some examples of biosimilars: