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Tocilizumab – a new biologic for rheumatoid arthritis

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Tina Hawkins

Rheumatology Pharmacist, Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust

 

Professor Paul Emery

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President of European League Against Rheumatism, Arthritis UK Professor of Rhematology, University of Leeds, UK

 

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-term, chronic, 

autoimmune condition characterised by inflammation of the synovial joints combined with a number of systemic features resulting from abnormal immune response and secondary inflammation.  Uncontrolled disease may result in significant morbidity and mortality.1 Early intervention with disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) is essential to prevent long term joint damage, reduce morbidity and improve the patient






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