New drugs for RA and Crohn's!

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   Posted 3/12/2008 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Certolizumab pegol (cimzia)
Ofatumumab   (HuMax-CD20)
Saw them on a pamphlet in the doc's office. Anyone hear anything good/bad about these drugs? 
Pentasa-tapering 1000mg/3x 1/08; Entocort 3mg/3x daily down to 1x 2/08; Percocet/Ultram for pain; Prilosec 30mg; Xanax-ANXIETY; Cymbalta 60mg
Neurontin-tapering, 600mg 3x/day
Ferrous Sulfate 325mg/daily for anemia
Azathioprine 150mg
Currently on a Low-residue diet as of 11/26

I'm so tired, when will this get better?

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   Posted 3/12/2008 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm currently participating in a clinical trial for Cimzia.  With the exception of recent arthritis problems, which I don't know if they are due to it being winter or if I'm starting to develop antibodies to the drug, it has worked great.  I've been on it for right at a year now.  I had allergic reactions to Remicade but have had no reactions other than injection site reactions.  Out of all the patients in the trial at the hospital where I'm doing it, I've had the worst reaction out of everyone and that was a whelp at the injection site for a few days.  Originally, I heard the drug was supposed to be available on the market in Spring 2008 but, the FDA is requiring additional trials, so it may be another year or two.  Additional trials have been requested, supposedly, because of a technicality with the length of the induction period being longer than what is was originally reported.  So, they are questioning how quickly the drug is effective but not the safety or effectiveness of it, from what I've read.  Don't know anything about the other drug you listed.    
...rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverence; perseverence, character; and character, hope.   Romans 5:3-4

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