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RA sufferers to benefit from new drug

13th May 2011

The UK drugs spending watchdog has changed its mind about making a new treatment for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) available on the NHS.

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Sufferers with moderate to severe RA will now be able to get Simponi under some circumstances where other treatments have not worked.

Ailsa Bosworth, chief executive of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS), described the decision by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as excellent news.

“It is vital that we have options when it comes to biologic therapies as people react differently to drugs even within the same class,” she said.

Under the brand name of the drug golimumab, Simponi is a tumour necrosis factor inhibitor (anti-TNF) drug which works by blocking the action of the naturally occurring chemical TNF, which triggers inflammation and tissue damage.

NICE turned down Simponi last October, but in new draft guidance has changed its mind as a result of new clinical and cost evidence being put forward by the manufacturer, Merck.

However, final guidance has yet to be issued.

RA is the second most common form of rheumatic disease after osteoarthritis with 700,000 sufferers in Britain.

The charity Arthritis Care welcomed the NICE decision.

Chief executive Neil Betteridge said: “Rheumatoid arthritis is an awful disease affecting people of all ages which clinicians often compare with having cancer of the joints.

“Unless treated and managed effectively it invariably leads to great pain and can render people immobile and unable to work. Having another treatment option available, therefore, is terrific.”

 

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Trey Junkin

Monday 23rd May 2011 @ 21:16

Psoriasis arthritis is such a humbling condition. It makes you not want to go out and face the world. You try to cover up the scaly skin and not itch in public. It can even lead to psoriatic arthropathy a combination of inflammation of the skin and the joints. Fortunately new natural treatment options can be of great help. Let's hope this new medicaiotn can really help.

Trey Junkin

Monday 23rd May 2011 @ 21:17

Found a good website for RA here: http://arthritisrelieved.com/psoriasis-psoriatic-arthritis/


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