A Plateau in RA Treatment Progress?

A patient’s look at RA treatment progress In this provocative guest post, RA Warrior welcomes Dana Symons, who asks whether we’ve reached A Plateau in RA Treatment Progress. If you’re like me, you’ll wonder why other news outlets haven’t asked these questions. But first, Dana is the talent behind many RD awareness graphics provided by the...Continue reading      8 Comments » Read more

Is Prednisone Over-Prescribed?

Reading the headlines you may wonder: is prednisone over-prescribed? Sensational headlines are not new. But I did a double take when I read Steroid Over-Prescribing Persists in RA. My natural reaction is to defend patients: “Steroid overuse? Who would take steroids unnecessarily? This is just another side effect of pharma ads leading the public to believe RA...Continue reading      26 Comments » Read more

Steroid Injections for Rheumatoid Arthritis: 5 Questions

1. Why steroid injections for rheumatoid arthritis / disease? When joints are persistently inflamed, despite whatever therapies or systemic treatments are used, steroid injections for rheumatoid arthritis have been helpful for many people with rheumatoid disease / arthritis (PRD). For example, my wrist and back of hand joints have been swollen since I had to drive several...Continue reading      14 Comments » Read more

Medication Fears and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Fear of medicine Have you ever been afraid of taking medicine? I have. Who knew that there’s actually a name for a fear of medication: pharmacophobia. Appearing irrational to Dr. Laptop As if I were once again the 19 year-old girl who quit taking thyroid medication, the day I learned I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), I...Continue reading      37 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Symptoms Persist Despite Treatment: a Study in Juveniles (JRA / JIA)

In spite of treatment advances including biologics, children affected by Rheumatoid Disease still experience pain, stiffness, and fatigue that impacts their ability to function. The disease may not be as “controlled” as many doctors presume. This may not be news to you as a patient or caregiver, but as these researchers point out, it needs...Continue reading      5 Comments » Read more

20 Essential Medication Safety Tips

Essential medication safety tips (UPDATED) For those living with a chronic disease, safe medication storage and use is more than following directions on an occasional antibiotic or treatment for an acute illness. Both the types of medications and the number of different medications present additional challenges and put people at greater risk for adverse drug events...Continue reading      22 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

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Treat to Target

The treat to target (T2T) approach involves defining a treatment goal or “target” and modifying the therapy if the target is not reached. Treating to a target of remission or low disease activity Treat to target (T2T) is an approach to treating Rheumatoid Arthritis / Rheumatoid Disease (RD) that combines aggressive or intensive treatment with disease modifying...Continue reading      2 Comments » Read more

News on Biosimilar Biologics for Rheumatoid Arthritis / Rheumatoid Disease

Little progress on FDA path of biosimilar biologics for RD It’s hard to believe it’s been almost two years since we’ve discussed biosimilars on Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior (RAW). What’s even harder to believe: the situation in the U.S. is much the same: 1) The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCI) was created as a pathway for...Continue reading      1 Comment » 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

New Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments in the Research Pipeline

New RA Medications in Development MORE INFORMATION ON CLINICAL TRIALS IN PROCESS: Listing by state of all clinical trials for Rheumatoid Arthritis in the US that are currently recruiting volunteers. Abbreviations: IV (intravenous), sub-Q (subcutaneous injection), mAb (monoclonal antibody), IL (interleukin) NOTE: Agents that stopped development or that did not report after trial completion are omitted. Listing is alphabetical...Continue reading      Comments Off on New Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments in the Research Pipeline Read more

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