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New arthritis drug could mean less symptoms for sufferers

Published on 09/10/2009
A new class of drug has been identified as an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers.

That is according to a new Cochrane Systematic Review published this week, which reported the results and safety of the new medication after recent trials.

Abatacept was found to double a patient's chances of seeing a 50 per cent reduction in symptoms, including painful and swollen joints, after one year of treatment.

In response, Lynn Love, director of operations at the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS), said: "It's important that this drug is available for those who failed other existing treatments. For some people this drug could be very effective.

"That means there will be less pain, less joint destruction and less surgery in the future."

In July, the National Audit Office reported that severe rheumatoid arthritis can shorten life expectancy by as much as six to ten years – the equivalent to the effects of diabetes, stroke or coronary heart disease.

© ActiveQuote Ltd. 2009

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