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Do biologics work for everyone who has rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

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Some people get more help from biologics than others. Experts can’t predict who’ll respond well and who won’t, but they know that people who get treatment in the earlier stages of rheumatoid arthritis tend to do better than those who’ve had the disease for many years.

SOURCES:

Patience White, MD, chief public health officer, Arthritis Foundation.

Alan Friedman, MD, spokesman, American College of Rheumatology.

American College of Rheumatology: "Biologic Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis," "Anti-TNF," "Tocilizumab."

Arthritis Foundation: "Drug Guide: Biologics."

FDA: "FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira."

News Release, FDA.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 15, 2019

SOURCES:

Patience White, MD, chief public health officer, Arthritis Foundation.

Alan Friedman, MD, spokesman, American College of Rheumatology.

American College of Rheumatology: "Biologic Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis," "Anti-TNF," "Tocilizumab."

Arthritis Foundation: "Drug Guide: Biologics."

FDA: "FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira."

News Release, FDA.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 15, 2019

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