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New Drug Stops Arthritis 2008-10-28

Posted by clype in Discovery, Health, Statistics.
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A monthly injection of the antibody drug ‘Tocilizumab‘ can halt arthritis for around half of all sufferers and is particularly effective if administered in the early stages of the disease.

  • Nothing can be done to reverse the damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but the new injection can prevent it from getting any worse.

Around 487 000 people in the UK suffer from the auto-immune condition, which occurs when the body attacks its own joints, leading to severe disability and pain.

Professor Mr. Paul Emery from ‘The University of Leeds‘ said:

[Picture of prof Emery]‘Results of this pivotal study convincingly demonstrate that “Tocilizumab” can effectively and rapidly diminish the painful and debilitating effects of rheumatoid arthritis.

‘These trial findings are significant because it is critical to stop joint damage as quickly as possible to avoid joint deformity and to help people with RA maintain their quality of life.’

Ms.Ailsa Bosworth, chief executive of ‘The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society‘ (‘The NRAS’), said:

[Picture of Ailsa Bosworth in front of NRAS poster]‘We are encouraged by these findings, particularly as the treatment shows such promise of achieving remission, the ultimate goal for people with this cruel and debilitating disease.

‘These results present new hope for the hundreds of thousands of people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis in the UK.

CONTACT:

Paul Emery:
Telephone: 0113 392 4884
P.Emery@leeds.ac.uk

Academic Unit of Musculoskeletal Medicine
Chapel Allerton Hospital
Leeds
LS7 4SA

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