Posts Tagged ‘Biologics for RA’

  • Biosimilars for Rheumatoid Arthritis: 5 Facts

    Discussion of the distinction between biosimilars and biologic originators and the cost and approval process of biosimilars for rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Triple Therapy / Combination Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis In the past few decades, Rheumatoid Arthritis has been treated with therapies designed for other diseases. It was not always clear how these drugs treated Rheumatoid Arthritis / Rheumatoid Disease, but they were found to reduce immune activity in various ways. Because researchers recognized certain drugs could slow or modify progression […]

  • Levels of Treatment Response in Rheumatoid Arthritis

    <<Back to Toolkit for RD care page “Present treatment strategies for rheumatoid arthritis include use of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, but a minority of patients achieve a good response.”[1] Most of what people know about treatments for Rheumatoid Disease has been communicated by pharmaceutical companies through drug reps, or in press releases or direct to consumer […]

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments

    List of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) used for Rheumatoid Arthritis List of biologics used for treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis List of less-commonly used DMARDs for Rheumatoid Arthritis Common Rheumatoid Arthritis Medications     Biologic DMARDs used for Rheumatoid Arthritis     DMARDs less commonly used for Rheumatoid Arthritis More rarely used DMARDs which may be […]

  • Efficacy of Xeljanz, Biologics, & DMARDs in Rheumatoid Disease

    Why should I feel like I failed? I’m not alone We probably agree it’s unfair to say, “patients fail treatments” instead of the reverse, but there is still disappointment. I was optimistic that my Rheumatoid disease would respond to Xeljanz, the new oral DMARD (disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug) from Pfizer. Unfortunately, my joint stiffness and […]

  • 21 Tips to Prepare for a Biologic Infusion

    How can patients get ready for a Biologic infusion? Doreen asked how to prepare for her upcoming Rituxan infusion. Here are some general tips that might help with any kind of Biologic infusion. As usual, I’ve learned most of these from other patients and from the effective teacher called experience. The orange Rituxan blanket was a […]

  • 10 Answers to “When Do I Start a Biologic Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis?”

    Patients ask: How do I know it’s time to start a biologic? This question was recently posted on our Facebook page and it’s one most patients ask at some point. Initiating Biologic therapy is a decision that is obviously made together with your doctor. Here are some factors in this important decision.   One important […]

  • 12 Key Facts about Infusion Reactions with Biologics

    An infusion nurse talks about safety with Biologics One practical session at the 2012 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Scientific Meeting was a short talk on preventing infusion reactions presented by a nurse from Seattle, Christine Elliot. Ms. Elliot has supervised 15,000 rheumatological infusions in over a decade as an infusion nurse. She offered an […]

  • Consumer Reports’ Absurd Best Buy Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug List

    RESPONSE TO Consumer Reports Health Best Buy Drugs; Evaluating Prescription Drugs Used to Treat the Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Biologics Warrior to Washington: Next week, I’m going to D.C. to make an oral presentation to the “Arthritis Advisory Committee” at a hearing about a new Rheumatoid Arthritis treatment, tofacitinib. I want you to know […]

  • Are Biosimilars Justice in Competition for Biologics Like Enbrel?

    The FDA definition of biosimilars and a pathway to approval Biosimilars are pharmaceuticals that are similar to biologics such as Enbrel and Humira, but not chemically identical as with generic drugs. If the unique molecules used to create a biologic (from living proteins) such as Enbrel are not cloned, but carefully imitated, they are considered […]

  • Predicting Response to Rheumatoid Arthritis Therapy

    The problem of varying responses to RA therapy If you’re following comments on the blog, Twitter, or Facebook, you might have noticed some patients recently have been told by their doctors that that likely don’t have RA because they have not responded well to TNF-a therapies. Sometimes, this comes after a few years of RA […]

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumors: 2 Mysteries Solved

    I thought it was brilliant the other day when a commenter called RA “the ghost disease.” It’s true that many RA myths persist and that researchers don’t yet know exactly how Rheumatoid Arthritis works. Which joints can be affected? Is there a nutritional cure that we are overlooking?   Confusion about RA is perpetuated in […]