Biologics Treatments For Asthma: What You Need To Know


Biologics are a new type of asthma medication used to help people living with Severe Asthma gain long-term control of their asthma symptoms.

This short video provided by Asthma Canada explains what biologics are, and will help you to decide if you should ask your doctor about them as a treatment option.

*Please note that newer biologics have different dosing schedules and may be taken less frequently.


Les médicaments biologiques sont un nouveau type de médicament contre l’asthme. Ils sont utilisés pour aider les personnes atteintes d’asthme grave à contrôler sur le long terme les symptômes qui y sont liés.

Cette brève vidéo qui vous est offerte par Asthme Canada vous explique ce que sont les médicaments biologiques. Elle vous aidera à décider si vous devez parler de cette option de traitement à votre médecin.

*Veuillez noter que les médicaments biologiques plus récents ont des programmes de dosage différents et peuvent être pris moins fréquemment.


Asthma Canada is committed to improving the lives of the Canadian asthma community through education and support services, research and advocacy. This year, we offered a series of five free online webinars to educate and raise awareness for people affected by asthma. Our Speaker Series Webinars will address key topics and issues that the asthma community is facing.

Proper Diagnosis and Correct Testing

Guest Speaker: Dr. Shawn Aaron. A recent study led by Dr. Shawn Aaron shows that over 30% of Canadians may have been incorrectly diagnosed with asthma. While some patients may have experienced a remission since their diagnosis, there are concerns in both the scientific and patient communities that asthma diagnoses are often made without proper testing. Likewise, a significant percentage of Canadians also live with undiagnosed asthma.

What You’ll Takeaway:

  • Common reasons for the misdiagnosis of asthma in Canada.
  • What can be done to address the issue of misdiagnosis?
  • How should asthma be assessed and diagnosed?
  • What you can do to ensure a correct diagnosis from your healthcare provider?

Phenotypes of Asthma 

Guest speaker: Dr. Patrick Mitchell. Asthma phenotypes are distinguished through identifiable clusters of demographic and clinical features, lung function and patterns of inflammation. While different phenotypes can produce similar symptoms, the underlying mechanisms can be very different, and can be predictive for response to treatment. Insight into asthma phenotypes can lead to personalized treatment and targeted therapies.

What You’ll Takeaway:

  • What are asthma phenotypes?
  • How to know what type of asthma you have.
  • How can our knowledge of asthma phenotypes be used in treating asthma and Severe Asthma?
  • What’s new in the field of asthma phenotype research

Asthma in Children: Management and Support 

Our third webinar was on Asthma in Children: Management and Support, and our guest speaker was Susan Balkovec, Registered Respiratory Therapist and Certified Asthma Educator in the Respiratory Medicine Division at SickKids hospital in Toronto.

What You’ll Takeaway:

  • What happens when your child is diagnosed with asthma?
  • What are some best practices for managing your child’s asthma?
  • What support does a child living with asthma need in their daily life?
  • What support does a child living with asthma need in school or at the playground?

Impact of the Environment on Asthma

Our second webinar was the Paradoxes of Asthma Management and our guest speakers were Dr. Christopher Carlsten, Associate Professor of Medicine and Canada Research Chair in Occupational and Environmental Lung Disease and James Scongack, Vice President of Corporate Affairs & Environment for Bruce Power.

What You’ll Takeaway:

  • How does the environment affect asthma?
  • Why does climate change affect respiratory health?
  • How did the phase out of coal positively impact air quality?
  • Can other regions learn anything from Ontario’s experience with phasing out coal?

Paradoxes of Asthma Management 

Our first webinar was the Paradoxes of Asthma Management and our guest speaker was Dr. Anne Ellis, Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Queen’s University.

What You’ll Takeaway:

  • How do the paradoxes of asthma management affect you?
  • What do you need to know about effective asthma management?
  • Why is your asthma controller so important?
  • How is asthma currently being treated in Canada?

Asthma Canada Patient Education – Living Well With Severe Asthma 

Asthma Canada patient education webinar featuring Dr. Ron Olivenstein.

What You’ll Takeaway:

  • What is Severe Asthma?
  • What do you need to know about Severe Asthma?
  • What questions should you be asking your healthcare provider?
  • How can you self-advocate for support, further testing and treatment options?
  • What is the difference between Severe Asthma and uncontrolled asthma?
  • How is Severe Asthma currently being treated in Canada?
  • What are biologics and how is the treatment landscape changing?

Asthma Canada Patient Education – Severe Asthma and Biologic Treatments

This 1-hour webinar features respected physician Dr. Catherine Lemière (Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal).

It provides the most up to date information on biologics including information on dosage, potential for targeted therapies, research/development ,and more. It also includes information on new and emerging treatment options, and an in-depth discussion on the personal, social, medical, and economic burden of Severe Asthma in Canada.