Biologic medicines are not like most drugs. They are much more complex. They come from living cells and cannot have exact copies made of them like chemical drugs. Biosimilars are a class of drugs created to be as ‘similar’ as possible to the biologic they are based on. Biosimilars may create more affordable options to the patients who would benefit from Biologics.
Join us for our lunchtime series “Simplifying Biosimilars”. Are they safe? Do they apply to your medical condition? Our panel is made of a patient, a doctor and a policy expert who will answer your questions. You’ll walk away able to converse about biosimilars and why they’re interesting and important.
Callum Radley Callum Radley is a twenty-something living with Ankylosing Spondylitis. They have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and depression. Callum currently supports themself as a freelance artist and jewelry maker. Their works is strongly influenced by their experiences with mental health. Callum hopes to help young people advocate for themselves in the discussions on healthcare policy and reformation. You can find their art on instagram, their online store or their personal blog.
Dr. Richard H.C. Lai
Dr. Richard H.C. Lai is a rheumatologist who loves everything about his work. As one of the only rheumatology specialists in the region, he provides a critical service to the community and finds joy in his job every day. Evidence-based medicine provides the foundation for Dr. Lai to offer his patients the most modern treatments available. “Less is more when it comes to treatment. I only give patients what they really need,” he says. “If patients are unhappy with their diagnoses and medication, then I investigate further to ensure they’re receiving proper treatment.”
Education is another important part of Dr. Lai’s approach to patient care, and this shared knowledge allows his patients to be active participants in their healthcare. “I can help people feel better, give them treatment, and educate them at the same time,” he explains.
When he’s not caring for patients, Dr. Lai enjoys fishing, skiing, skating, hockey, badminton, and leading the tai chi club at Great Falls College-Montana State University.
Terry Wilcox Co-Founder & Executive Director @Patients Rising
A passionate advocate for patients with cancer and other serious diseases, Terry Wilcox is Executive Director of Patients Rising, a non-profit patient education and advocacy organization that helps patients get access to essential diagnostics and the treatments they need. Terry and her team engage the patient community, along with physicians, health policy experts and allied healthcare professions, to develop realistic, solution-oriented discussions so those with life-threatening and chronic diseases will have a voice in shaping policies that will improve access to quality care.