Biologicals for rheumatoid arthritis

Dr. Peter Tugwell, Department of Medicine, and Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, Univeristy of Ottawa

Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that causes your immune system to attack and inflame the lining of your joints. It is extremely painful and without treatment the inflammation can permanently destroy the joints.

A recent paper published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) by Dr. Peter Tugwell and his group looks at whether people who take a biological in addition to traditional disease modifying antirheumatic drugs will have a better chance of preventing irreversible joint destruction than those who do not. Further study is required to determine the benefits and safety of different biologicals and the paper suggests that clinical epidemiologists and pharmacoepidemiologists need to agree on developing national and international registries that provide such data.