Biosimilars for Rheumatoid Arthritis: 5 Facts

Click here to answer a Poll on Biosimilars for Rheumatoid Arthritis. New Biosimilars for Rheumatoid Arthritis One of the hottest topics in rheumatology today is biosimilars to for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other immune mediated diseases. Dozens of biosimilar medicines are in various stages of development and several are already in use in Europe and Asia. Let’s...Continue reading      8 Comments » Read more

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 of...Continue reading      5 Comments » Read more

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 advertisements. The...Continue reading      Make a Comment » Read more

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     [table caption="Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) used for RA" width="500" colwidth="20|100|50" colalign="left|left|center|left|right"] US Brand name,Manufacturer,Generic name,Administration method,Dose schedule,Mode of action Arava,Sanofi-Aventis,leflunomide,oral,daily,inhibits a specific mitochondrial enzyme Azulfidine,Pfizer,sulfasalazine,oral,twice a day,immune suppression through IL-1...Continue reading      Make a Comment » Read more

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 inflammation,...Continue reading      44 Comments » Read more

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 gift...Continue reading      18 Comments » Read more

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 source of information:...Continue reading      44 Comments » Read more

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 overview...Continue reading      38 Comments » Read more

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 why...Continue reading      47 Comments » Read more

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 “biosimilar.”...Continue reading      13 Comments » Read more

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 treatment. “My...Continue reading      12 Comments » Read more

Will the Next Frontier Be Rituxan?

I spent a couple of hours tonight searching for a Rituxan blog post I wrote a couple of weeks ago. Finally, I figured out there’s only one way to make it come out of hiding – write it over again. (Murphy always lurks, but we can outsmart him.) Working my way toward Rituxan You know that life...Continue reading      51 Comments » Read more
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