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New Pill Might Relieve Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis
Date:8/8/2012

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The cost of the drugs, if approved, is unknown. "My guess is that it will be close to the price of the biologics," said Brahn. Fleischmann estimated that the current cost of those drugs to a consumer without insurance is about $25,000 a year.

Tofacitinib would be manufactured by Pfizer Inc., which funded both studies.

Rheumatoid arthritis affects about 1.3 million Americans, according to the Arthritis Foundation.

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The U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases has more about rheumatoid arthritis.

SOURCES: Roy Fleischmann, M.D., clinical professor, medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas; Ernest Brahn, M.D., professor, medicine, and rheumatology training program director, University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine; Aug. 9, 2012, New England Journal of Medicine


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