Biologics are protein-based drugs that are made from live cells. They can either be injected or taken by IV infusion. Biologics target cells (B-cell lymphocytes or T-Cells) and proteins (TNF-alpha, interleukin-6) in the immune system that cause infamation. Common biologics include Enbrel, Humira, Cimzia, Kineret and Rituxan.
The biologic medications for rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases have changed the face of disease for many patients. We are fortunate to take advantage of disease-modifying medications which can slow down or halt the accumulation of damage and disability when we live with RA or other autoimmune disease. And when you live…