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.
In my last few posts, I alluded to the fact that I would be starting Rituxan at the beginning of this month. Since those posts, and despite the fact that the infusions had already been scheduled, I decided to go in a different direction. While the prospect of needing treatment every six months to a year after the two initial…