When Hope is Gone

To RA patients like myself, drugs like Enbrel can feel like a miracle. Yes, we don’t want to rely on drugs, and, yes, there are side effects, and, sure, there are nasty warning labels. But the trade-off is life less limited by RA. Hope for a future that doesn’t include disability.

But that happily ever after is not the full story. Around 15-20% of Rheumatoid Arthritis patients have exhausted all the treatment options. The medications either result in too many side effects or become ineffective. For these patients, I imagine it feels like there’s not a lot of hope left.

A new drug just went through Phase 3 clinical trials that might offer these patients hope. Read more about it here.

  1. #1 by Carla Kienast on April 8, 2016 - 6:51 pm

    One of the great things about having this terrible condition today is that there are wonderful drugs in the pipeline. I have “failed” on nearly all the drugs, including the other JAK inhibitor, Xeljanz. It’s nice to know there is something waiting in the wings when I “fail” on my current treatment … Thanks for bringing this information to the forefront.

    • #2 by My RAD Life on April 11, 2016 - 7:12 pm

      Carla, I’m so glad you found this info useful! I’ll keep posting these articles as I find them. It is truly fortunate that we’re living in a time when new treatments are consistently being approved.

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