HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Changing Drug Delivery For Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Increases Effectiveness, Lowers Costs

Hershey, Pa. --- Researchers show that giving the medication, methotrexate, to patients who suffer from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis by injection, rather than orally, significantly improved the patients' health and at a dramatically reduced cost.

"We found that 73 percent of patients switched from the oral method to the injection because they were not satisfied with the way they were feeling. Two-thirds of those patients noticed improvement when they got the methotrexate by injection," says Barbara Ostrov, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and medicine at Penn State's College of Medicine. "When our cost analysis was completed we found that it was 78 percent cheaper for patients to be treated with an injection."

Ostrov and her colleagues' paper titled, "Improved Tolerance and Cost-Effectiveness of Subcutaneous Versus Oral Methotrexate in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA)," was presented Nov. 9 at the American College of Rheumatology meeting in San Diego, Calif.

This study involved 52 patients, 36 with RA and 16 with JRA. Patients were on the oral medication for at least three months and then switched and started receiving the methotrexate for at least three months by injection.

Partially because of side effects, such as nausea, 31 percent chose to switch the way they receive their medication. After the change from an oral dose to an injection, only 4 percent still complained of side effects. Also, another third said they switched because of the cost of the oral medication.

Overall, the average cost per patient per week for those treated orally was $16.56. That compares to just $3.57 for those treated by injection. The cost then for treating these 52 patients for one year would be nearly $45,000 compared to less than $10,000 for the group treated by injection.

"When you would extrapolate these costs to a population of 1,000 patien
'"/>

Contact: Leilyn Perri
lperri@psghs.edu
717-531-8604
Penn State
9-Nov-1998


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Changing chemistry helps explain estrogen threat to the heart
2. Changing trends in herbal supplement use
3. The Larry King Cardiac Foundation presents The Changing Face of Heart Disease on Feb. 2
4. Changing the timing of cancer vaccines
5. Changing prescribing behaviour through the mail
6. Changing partner increases risk of preterm birth
7. Changing Life, Challenging Cancer conference
8. Changing approaches to treating gum disease
9. UK Researcher Develops New Delivery Systems For Treatment Of Smoking Addiction
10. An Ergonomically Redesigned Analgesia Delivery Device Proves Safer And More Efficient
11. Patent Received On Drug Delivery System

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:9/19/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... ... country with the Davidson Fellows Scholarship on September 27 at a reception in ... Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature and Music. , “I am honored to be ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... , ... September 19, 2017 , ... ... positively linked to the Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®) certification according to ... (BCEN). The value of certification study, conducted by the Human Resources Research Organization ...
(Date:9/18/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... ... ingredient market , expected to grow at the fastest CAGR of 9.1% over ... ‘Global Food Protein Trends & Growth Opportunities in Asia’ – highlighting alternative proteins, ...
(Date:9/18/2017)... , ... September 18, 2017 , ... ... recently expanded the finance role on the executive team adding a Chief Financial ... to an independent company. This expansion will support the strategic growth strategy Aegis ...
(Date:9/18/2017)... ... September 18, 2017 , ... While Floridians confront the ... jersey based company, has launched an aid effort focused on the elderly population that ... state over two days and left thousands homeless and displaced. , “The elderly are ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/13/2017)... --  OrthoAtlanta has been named the official orthopedic and ... for the 2018 College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship to ... in Atlanta, Georgia . OrthoAtlanta is proud ... participating in many activities leading up to, and including the ... ...
(Date:9/9/2017)... , Sept. 8, 2017 Dealmed Medical Supplies, ... supplier of medical equipment, supplies, drugs, vaccines, and specialty ... entered into an agreement to acquire Vantage Medical Supplies, ... in Holtsville, New York . ... supplying new and emerging medical practices, will operate under ...
(Date:9/7/2017)... , Sept. 7, 2017 NuvoAir (formerly ... Spirometer, announced today a partnership with Novartis Pharma AG to ... NuvoAir,s position as the leading mobile spirometry platform and Novartis, ... ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: