When should biologic agents be considered for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

Updated: Feb 07, 2020
  • Author: Howard R Smith, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Biologic agents are expensive. Consensus statements do not recommend their use until at least one nonbiologic DMARD, usually MTX, has been administered without sufficient success. In clinical trials, as many as 70% of patients achieve significant responses, but remissions are not usually observed. [74]


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