Arthritis patients aren’t taking medications

31 May 2013

New health research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has revealed that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients aren’t taking their medications as prescribed. Only one fifth of RA sufferers have an 80 per cent adherence rate to prescribed medication.

Dr Suarez-Almazor, a lead researcher, said: “Our study is the first to measure drug adherence in RA patients over the long-term, and emphasises the importance of following the prescribed regimen to manage their disease.

Physicians should work with patients to understand their reasons for non-adherence and discuss the importance of taking medications as prescribed to control RA symptoms and prevent disease progression.”

At the moment, less than two-thirds of medication regimens are being taken as prescribed.

To effectively treat pain, tenderness, inflammation and swelling of the joints, RA patients must strictly adhere to their doctor’s orders. Procedures like joint injection treatment may be used to maximise symptom relief.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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