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What are examples of biologic drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis?

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Examples of biologic drugs include abatacept (Orencia), adalimumab (Humira), anakinra (Kineret), certolizumab pegol (Cimzia), etanercept (Enbrel), golimumab (Simponi), infliximab (Inflectra, Remicade), rituximab (Rituxan), tocilizumab (Actemra),  tofacitinib (Xeljanz), and upadacitinib (Rinvoq)..

From: How Doctors Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology: “Patient fact sheet: rheumatoid arthritis,” “Patient Education: Biologic Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis,” “Position statement: biologic agents for rheumatic diseases.”

Douglas Conaway, MD, rheumatologist, Carolina Health Specialists, Myrtle Beach, SC.

FDA: “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade,” “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers About Hip Replacement,” “Handout on Health: Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Seth Mark Berney, MD, professor, department of medicine; director, Center of Excellence for Arthritis and Rheumatology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport.

Smolen J. , 2010. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

Theodore Pincus, MD, clinical professor of medicine, Division of Rheumatology, New York University School of Medicine, New York.

Thomas Hardin, vice president for research, Arthritis Foundation.

UpToDate: "Assessment of rheumatoid arthritis activity in clinical trials and clinical practice," “Clinical features of rheumatoid arthritis,” “General principles of management of rheumatoid arthritis,” “Patient information: disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs),”“Overview of biologic agents and kinase inhibitors in the rheumatic diseases.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on October 13, 2019

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology: “Patient fact sheet: rheumatoid arthritis,” “Patient Education: Biologic Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis,” “Position statement: biologic agents for rheumatic diseases.”

Douglas Conaway, MD, rheumatologist, Carolina Health Specialists, Myrtle Beach, SC.

FDA: “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade,” “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers About Hip Replacement,” “Handout on Health: Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Seth Mark Berney, MD, professor, department of medicine; director, Center of Excellence for Arthritis and Rheumatology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport.

Smolen J. , 2010. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

Theodore Pincus, MD, clinical professor of medicine, Division of Rheumatology, New York University School of Medicine, New York.

Thomas Hardin, vice president for research, Arthritis Foundation.

UpToDate: "Assessment of rheumatoid arthritis activity in clinical trials and clinical practice," “Clinical features of rheumatoid arthritis,” “General principles of management of rheumatoid arthritis,” “Patient information: disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs),”“Overview of biologic agents and kinase inhibitors in the rheumatic diseases.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on October 13, 2019

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