Kaiser Health News covers health care in the Midwest out of our bureau in St. Louis.

Biosimilar Drugs Are Cheaper Than Biologics. Are They Similar Enough to Switch?

Biologic drugs, made from living organisms, and the cheaper biosimilar drugs that mimic them are more complex than chemical drugs and their generic counterparts. The Food and Drug Administration says biosimilars are as safe and effective as the biologics, and doctors agree — but they are cautious about changing the treatment regimen of patients doing well.

Concert Venues Are Banking on Proof of Vaccines or Negative Tests to Woo Back Fans

Two days before hosting an outdoor Wilco concert, the St. Louis Music Park announced it would require proof of vaccination or a negative covid test for all ticket holders, sending some attendees scrambling and upending plans. Concertgoers, promoters and venues nationwide are all having to pivot quickly to find safer ways of enjoying live music amid the pandemic’s delta surge.