Breakthroughs in RA Treatment


Cindy Kuzma

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In the last decade, biologic response modifiers, or biologics, have changed what it means to have rheumatoid arthritis (RA). These medications block a specific step in the inflammation process, and can help even when other treatments have failed. Thanks to these drugs—such as abatacept (Orencia), adalimumab (Humira), and rituximab (Rituxan)—many patients have drastically reduced their symptoms. Some have even gone into remission entirely. In other words, they live their lives free from signs of the disease.

The good news doesn’t stop there. Scientists continue to study more new treatments and novel drug strategies that combine traditional medications with newer biologic therapies. The goal: Develop drugs that reduce symptoms and have fewer side effects. Read on to learn more about the latest drug approvals and new therapies on the horizon.

W. Hayes Wilson, MD, discusses the basics of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and treatment.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Feb 16, 2015

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