by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR
Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.
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Cytokines are chemical messengers which play a role in maintaining normal immune function, but they also can cause problems if uncontrolled.
Researchers have found that one of the cytokines involved in the inflammatory pathway of rheumatoid arthritis is tumor necrosis factor-alpha, TNF-alpha.
The biologic drug Enbrel is a man-made protein that works by "soaking up" TNF and blocking the process that leads to the symptoms of RA. The effects of Enbrel last up to seven days.
Because tumor necrosis factor (TNF) plays a key role in the response of the immune system to infections, it is possible that the action of blocking TNF may worsen or increase the occurrence of infections.
Enbrel is not recommended for patients with preexisting disease of the central nervous system or for those with multiple sclerosis, myelitis, or optic neuritis.
The new biologic drugs are expensive. Enbrel is self-injected and classified as a "prescription drug". Coverage will vary according to insurance plan. For Medicare patients, there still is no prescription drug plan for Medicare recipients, unless they have secondary insurance.
When Enbrel was first approved, the cost was quoted as $220/week, or between $11,000-$12,000/year. Most private insurance plans will cover Enbrel. The company that makes Enbrel (Amgen/Wyeth/Pfizer) also has different patient assistance programs.
All TNF-inhibitors now have sampling programs, so ask your rheumatologist about them.
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