The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
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Adalimumab (Humira) For Rheumatoid Arthritis
Adalimumab (Humira - Abbott), a tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) inhibitor, has been approved by the FDA for treatment of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A genetically engineered human IgG1 monoclonal antibody, adalimumab is approved for subcutaneous (SC) injection in adults who have failed at least one disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD), for use either alone or with other DMARDs such as methotrexate (Rheumatrex, and others). Two other TNF-α antagonists, etanercept (Enbrel) and infliximab (Remicade), are already on the market for treatment of RA (Treatment Guidelines from The Medical Letter 2003; 1:25). ... more
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