Facts About Biologics for RA

Facts About Biologics for RA

Over the last decade, significant progress in the treatment of RA has been made because of drugs known as biologics. Biologic drugs are proteins made from human genes that are mass-produced inside non-human cells. Your doctor may suggest biologics if you respond poorly to other treatments. Here's what you should know about these exciting advancements and how they may be able to improve your RA and your quality of life.

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