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What biologics do doctors prescribe to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

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When your doctor first prescribes you a biologic, it's usually an "anti-TNF" drug. These include:

  • Adalimumab (Humira)
  • Adalimumab-atto (Amjevita)
  • Certolizumab (Cimzia)
  • Etanercept (Enbrel)
  • Golimumab (Simponi)
  • Infliximab (Inflectra, Remicade)
  • Infliximab-abda (Renflexis)
  • Infliximab-dyyb (Inflectra)

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 15, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 9/15/2019

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

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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