Magic bullets - the biologics revolution

The development of highly specific antibodies known as biologics is an area of scientific wizardry that requires a mix of inspiration and good fortune
In 1906, Professor Paul Ehrlich predicted the development of ‘magic bullets’ that would identify and remove damaged or diseased tissue. Photo: Alamy

Immunotherapies are pervading many corners of medicine and there will be many more to come.

These biologics typically have unpronounceable names, unintelligible modes of action, cost a lot of money and lead many to espouse the miracles they can achieve.

Some GPs may feel they need help to navigate a path through the biologic maze.