An Information and Advocacy Toolkit for Patients' Organizations

This toolkit provides patients’ organizations with up-to-date, evidence-based information on the science, technology and regulatory information relevant to biological and biosimilar medicines, as well as tips on advocacy. It is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

We believe that patients should be aware of what biological and biosimilar medicines are and what the implications of their increasing availability will mean to them. We hope that these resources will help patient advocates to make informed judgments on the value of biological and biosimilar medicines and actively engage in debate and discussion. 


Briefing Paper on Biological and Biosimilar Medicines

Quick Guide on Biological and Biosimilar Medicines

What patients' organizations can do booklet

Fact Sheet 1: Introduction and key definitions

Fact Sheet 2: What are biological and biosimilar medicines?

Fact Sheet 3: How are biosimilar medicines regulated?

Fact Sheet 4: Pharmacovigilance

Fact Sheet 5: What can patients' organizations do? 

Useful resources and links

Free for patients' groups

This toolkit is freely available to all patients' organizations across the world, whether an IAPO member or not. If you are a patients' organization, and would like a printed copy, please complete the order form and send  back to IAPO via email at

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