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New Drug may Offer Relief for Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis

by Karthika on  June 16, 2008 at 6:02 PM Drug News   - G J E 4
New Drug may Offer Relief for Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis
Trials of a new medicine, called Tocilizumab, suggest that it is thrice as effective at halting the progression of rheumatoid arthritis as the standard therapy given to most patients.
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The research also shows that the medicine can even benefit patients who are running out of treatment options.

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Although Tocilizumab has not been licensed for use in Europe or the UK as yet, it is likely to be launched in Britain within six months.

It is a laboratory-made antibody, which works by targeting a biological signalling pathway linked to inflammation and the disease, reports the Scotsman.

Rheumatoid arthritis, the crippling auto-immune disease which attacks the joints, is the biggest cause of disability in the UK.

Source: ANI
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