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Study Compares Safety of 'Biologic' Meds for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Date:8/8/2012

ity rate among TNF-alpha inhibitor-treated rheumatoid arthritis patients that was low ... similar to that found in prior clinical trials, and did not differ among the three TNF-alpha inhibitors studied. This information should assist rheumatologists and their patients when choosing among newer agents available to treat [the disease]."

However, the study authors stressed that more research may be needed to clarify risks for particular patients.

"While we found no statistically significant difference in mortality rates across the three biologic therapies, further studies are needed to determine if this is true across certain subsets of patients with rheumatoid arthritis," Simard concluded.

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The U.S. National Institutes of Health provides more information on rheumatoid arthritis.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Steven E. Carsons, M.D, chief, division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, N.Y.; Arthritis & Rheumatism, news release, Aug. 8, 2012


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