Study Sheds Light on Why Arthritis Drug Works for Some, Not Others

The results of a new study helps explain why the drug Humira helps offers pain relief for people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, but not others.

In the study, nearly one-third of the people taking the drug developed an immune system reaction to the drug that rendered it ineffective. Humira (adalimumab) is often prescribed to people who have rheumatoid arthritis. Until now, doctors weren”t able to pinpoint why it relieves symptoms for some, while doing little for others.

“What the publication shows is that Humira may induce an immunological response against the drug,” said senior study author Dr. Gerrit Jan Wolbinks. “The immunological response works against the drug. This is one of the explanations why some patients do not respond the way we hope they will.”

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