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FDA Approves Second Remicade biosimilar

FDA Approves Second Remicade biosimilar

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Renflexis (infliximab-abda), a biosimilar to Remicade (infliximab), making it the fourth biosimilar approved to treat inflammatory types of arthritis. Renflexis is the second approved biosimilar to Remicade. The first one, Inflectra (infliximab-dyyb), was approved in April 2016. This is the first time the FDA has approved two biosimilars for one original, “reference” medication. Renflexis, manufactured by Samsung Bioepis, is a TNF (tumor necrosis factor) inhibitor, also called an anti-TNF, and is given by intravenous infusion. It is approved to treat the same conditions as Remicade – rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, plaque ...more
Share Your Story! Help Us Raise Awareness this Arthritis Awareness Month

Share Your Story! Help Us Raise Awareness this Arthritis Awareness Month

More than 50 million Americans have arthritis – that’s one in four people. It’s currently the nation’s number one cause of disability. But this month—with your help— we're fighting back with the #FightFor50 campaign! To participate, we are asking that you share your story — tell us about your personal fight with arthritis, or tell us about a person you are fighting for, whether it's parent, grandparent, sibling, partner or a friend. While you’re there, check out the over 500 stories that have already been shared. Arthritis knows no boundaries. In our story bank, you'll find stories from young and old, people who ...more
Creating a Legacy to Conquer Arthritis

Creating a Legacy to Conquer Arthritis

Early in life while mowing lawns, growing and selling tomatoes and managing a neighborhood McDonald’s restaurant as a junior in high school, Kevin Mandrell always knew he had a natural knack for business. He was surrounded by strong business leaders and felt drawn from an early age to dive into business on his own. In 1984 he married the girl of his dreams and started a family. By the early 1990s he was busy keeping up with his young family while starting a new insurance firm when he was contacted by the local leader of the Arthritis Foundation office in Indianapolis ...more
Victory in Iowa!  Governor Branstad Signs into Law a Bill to Curb Step Therapy!

Victory in Iowa! Governor Branstad Signs into Law a Bill to Curb Step Therapy!

The Iowa arthritis community is celebrating Governor Branstad signing into law House File 233 on May 10, 2017. The bill, unanimously passed by both chambers, puts limits on an insurance industry protocol known as step therapy which requires patients to try and fail medications identified by the insurance company before agreeing to cover medications prescribed by the treating physician. The bill will increase access to care for arthritis patients by limiting step therapy practices in Iowa. Governor Branstad signs the bill with Arthritis Foundation Advocates by his side. You can show your appreciation by sending a thank you note to Governor Branstad. We’ve ...more
A Diet of Bad Fats May Hasten Knee OA Progression

A Diet of Bad Fats May Hasten Knee OA Progression

A diet high in fat, especially saturated fat, may speed up the progression of knee osteoarthritis (OA), whereas eating greater amounts unsaturated fat might slow it down, according to researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Their study, published recently in Arthritis Care & Research, is one of the first to look at the effect of diet on the rate of OA progression. The researchers say they undertook the study because diet plays a role in the development of many chronic diseases, including diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease, and they suspected it might also be involved in osteoarthritis. Lead author ...more
Fundraising is a Family Endeavor for Kathryn Sundquist, Our 2017 Walk to Cure Arthritis National Young Adult Honoree

Fundraising is a Family Endeavor for Kathryn Sundquist, Our 2017 Walk to Cure Arthritis National Young Adult Honoree

Kathryn Sundquist is 16 years old, lives in Brainerd, Minnesota and has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. To say she and her family live active lifestyles would be an understatement. Her mom enjoys yoga, running and participating in triathlons. Her dad is an avid biker. Her adult brothers enjoy 4-wheeling, hunting, fishing, and tennis. They all enjoy any reason to be outside! As for Kathryn, she’s on her high school dance team, named the Kixters, and took fourth place in last year’s state dance competition. She won the 2015 Miss Jr. Teen Brainerd and Miss Jr. Teen Minnesota pageants and has participated in ...more
Heart Disease Risk May be Nearly Doubled in People with Psoriatic Arthritis

Heart Disease Risk May be Nearly Doubled in People with Psoriatic Arthritis

Doctors have long known that heart disease is more common in people who have inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriasis. But they weren’t sure if this applied to psoriatic arthritis (PsA), which is more complex and not nearly as well studied. Then, in 2016, Canadian researchers published a meta-analysis of studies evaluating cardiovascular disease risk and PsA in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. The results suggested that people with PsA were 43 percent more likely to have or develop heart disease compared with the general population. PsA patients also had a 22 percent increased risk of ...more
Increasing Allopurinol Dose May Better Control Gout

Increasing Allopurinol Dose May Better Control Gout

In addition to being treated with medication for symptoms of an acute flare, should a person with gout be put on long-term uric acid-lowering medication to reduce future flares? And is it safe to keep raising the dose of the medication until uric acid drops below a specified target? Rheumatologists and other physicians are currently grappling with those questions, and a new study may help lead to some answers. What Is Gout? Gout is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis in the United States, affecting more than 8 million adults. It develops in some people who have high levels of uric acid ...more
The Nation’s Capital Caps the Out-of-Pocket Costs of Medications

The Nation’s Capital Caps the Out-of-Pocket Costs of Medications

Congratulations D.C. Advocates! Because of your efforts, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the Specialty Drug Copayment Limitation Act. In the law, “specialty drug” means a prescription drug that is prescribed for a person with a physical, behavioral, or developmental condition that may have no known cure, is progressive, or can be debilitating or fatal if left untreated or undertreated, such as multiple sclerosis, hepatitis C and rheumatoid arthritis. This is a significant win for the Washington D.C. arthritis community because the law caps specialty drug copayment or coinsurance out-of-pocket costs to no more than $150 for up to a 30-day ...more
Up Close and Personal with our Walk to Cure Arthritis National Adult Honoree Tom Walker

Up Close and Personal with our Walk to Cure Arthritis National Adult Honoree Tom Walker

As a believer in living a full life and being a Champion of Yes, we asked Tom Walker – who has experienced highs and lows and endured it all – a few lighthearted, personal questions. When did you realize you wanted to play baseball professionally? Growing up in Florida, there were several great baseball players. I was around baseball a lot and loved it. I couldn’t think of doing anything else. I thought if things went well, maybe I could play in the big leagues, which I did in 1972 when I joined the Montreal Expos. Do you think your willpower ...more