Rheumatoid arthritis drugs 'are potentially effective'

Over 50s concerned about rheumatoid arthritis have been advised by an expert that new treatments developed in the last decade have the potential to "radically transform" the lives of sufferers.

Jane Tadman, press officer for the Arthritis Research Campaign, stated that although onset of the disease remains unpreventable, recent therapies have allowed sufferers to regulate their symptoms to manageable levels.

She said: "In recent times treatment has drastically improved. You can only manage the symptoms and hopefully before too long you might be able to induce a state of remission where you are symptom free."

According to a study by the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, rheumatoid arthritis is the UK's most common form of inflammatory arthritis and can be potentially disabling to sufferers.

Commenting on the future of treatment of the disease, Ms Tadman stated that a number of drugs are being developed on the basis of existing treatments that will potentially be "hugely effective".

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