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Diagnosis and Treatment of Early Active Rheumatoid Arthritis Case Study

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A 59-year-old patient comes to a community pharmacy with unexplained, worsening bilateral foot pain and inflammation. Following evaluation of the situation, the pharmacist suggests that the patient has rheumatoid arthritis (RA). After a visit and consultation with her physician, the patient begins a complicated, rapidly evolving therapeutic regimen for RA. Through extensive counseling and education, the pharmacist is able to help the patient better manage her new medication regimen and understand expected outcomes. Pharmacists can play a very active role in helping patients with RA manage their therapies to optimize health outcomes.

Abbreviations: DMARD = Disease-modifying antirheumatic drug, HCQ = Hydroxychloroquine, MTX = Methotrexate, NSAID = Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, RA = Rheumatoid arthritis, SSZ = Sulfasalazine.

Consult Pharm 2008;23:956-61.

Keywords: Early rheumatoid arthritis; Methotrexate; Rheumatoid arthritis

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2008-12-01

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