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How do biologics treat rheumatoid arthritis?

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Biologics are genetically-engineered proteins that doctors use to treat moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis if other methods don't help enough. Unlike other RA drugs, biologics target specific parts of the immune system instead of broadly affecting many areas of the immune system. You might take a biologic as your only treatment, but it's more likely that you'd also take other types of rheumatoid arthritis medications.

From: Biologics for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: “Biologics Don't Raise Cancer Risk in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients.”

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: “Rheumatoid Arthritis Medicines: A Guide for Adults.”

UpToDate for Patients: “Patient Information: Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment.”

The Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment.”

American College of Rheumatology.

RxList.

FDA. News release. “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” "Prescribing Information, Infliximab-dyyb (Inflectra)." “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

Janssen Biotech Inc. News release, Roche.

Amgen Prescribing Information, Amjevita.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 02, 2018

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: “Biologics Don't Raise Cancer Risk in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients.”

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: “Rheumatoid Arthritis Medicines: A Guide for Adults.”

UpToDate for Patients: “Patient Information: Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment.”

The Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment.”

American College of Rheumatology.

RxList.

FDA. News release. “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” "Prescribing Information, Infliximab-dyyb (Inflectra)." “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

Janssen Biotech Inc. News release, Roche.

Amgen Prescribing Information, Amjevita.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 02, 2018

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