Substitution of biological medicines

EN Ajankohtaista / Biologisten lääkevaihto

Starting from 1 April 2024, a biological medicine can be substituted at pharmacy with a more affordable alternative. The substitution can be made at a pharmacy for a similar, more affordable medicine called a biosimilar. The biosimilar is as safe and as effective as the original biological medicine.

The substitution of biological medicines in pharmacies will start in stages from April 2024. The first substitution stage will cover enoxaparin preparations.

Fimea: Starting from 1 April 2024, enoxaparin products can be substituted at a pharmacy with a more affordable alternative (25.3.2024)

Fimea: Pharmacies are soon allowed to substitute a biological medicine with a more affordable alternative (18.1.2024)

Read more about substitution of biological medicines: 

Information for medicine users

Information for health care professionals

Information for users of biological medicines (pdf)