Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a life-long autoimmune disorder that affects nearly 1% of adults. The exact cause is unknown but the disease is two to three times more common among women than men and symptoms generally begin around middle age. Patients with RA suffer from long-term joint swelling and pain, and without treatment the disease can lead to permanent damage of joints and the bone near the joints.
Advances in understanding the disease have led to major improvements in treatment options for people living with RA. Many patients achieve great results from traditional drug therapy such as anti-inflammatory drugs (like ibuprofen or naproxen), pain creams and ointments, or immune suppressing agents like methotrexate or hydroxychloroquine. However, these agents don’t work for everyone, and some patients require more advanced treatment with newer biologic agents which are highly effective at reducing joint swelling and pain. There are also many new medications in development that will offer even more treatment choices for individuals living with this condition.
OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy specializes in the treatment of RA and works with healthcare providers, manufacturers and insurers to ensure proper drug utilization and enhance the care of patients with RA. For more information about the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation, visit www.rheum4us.org.