Old Drug Offers New Hope For Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers

June 16, 2009

Denmark (ChattahBox) – A new drug has raised hopes for recovery in cases of severe rheumatoid arthritis, the Telegraph reports.

The drug, MabThera (rituximab), is already used as an aggressive treatment for various forms of cancer, but it has now been found to have a significant effect in long term use for those with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis.

According to a study done by the European League Against Rheumatism, just under half of those given a one year treatment improved drastically, with others improving slightly. About 1/5 of the patients showed no improvement, showing the need for more research to be done in order to make the drug more effective.

β€œIt has shown good results and we are beginning to target individual therapies at individual patients,” Professor Paul Emery, a researcher from the University of Leeds, was quoted as saying.

If able to created more targeted regimens from MabThera, it could offer the first real hope for significant improvement over time in the case of rheumatoid arthritis, a condition that effects millions all over the world every year.

As it is a drug that targets the immune system, thought to be a leading cause of rheumatoid arthritis, finding a way to break it down and create a more specific medication is possible and likely. Further trials are currently being conducted.


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