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Lily from Edmonton asks: Is there a generic version of Enbrel or Etanercept that will do the same thing Enbrel does for less cost? I can’t get Enbrel covered anymore.
Biosimilars are new medications which are biologically similar to original biologics. In Canada, as of 2020, Enbrel and Remicade both have biosimilars available and many medication insurance plans are, or are considering, not providing coverage to the original biologic, but rather the less expensive biosimilar. For most patients, the biosimilar should be as effective and safe. However, for each individual, it is important to speak with your rheumatologist to make the right decision for you. For more information on biosimilars, please click here.