A new study is reporting that a new drug called sarilumab may be able to ease symptoms and slow down joint destruction in rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
The year-long study involved 1,200 patients with active, moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis. All patients had either not benefitted from currently available treatments or had not been able to tolerate them.
Patients who received a 200 mg dose of Sarilumab every alternate week along with methotrexate experienced a 66 percent improvement in the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis after six months. Patients who received a 150 mg dose of the new drug experienced a 58 percent reduction in symptoms like pain and swelling.
Sarilumab has been developed by Sanofi and Regeneron.