ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help
Facebook Google Plus
Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

B Vitamins May Protect Against Damaging Effects of Air Pollution, and Improve Cognition and Psychiat...

Relief for IBS, Colitis, Crohn’s And More

Can Magnesium Relieve Your Tinnitus?

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) - are you running a marathon each night?

Resveratrol Proven to Slow Brain Aging

Magnesium Protects Against Stroke, Heart Disease and Diabetes

Fruits and vegetables' latest superpower? Lowering blood pressure

Neroli Oil: The Pleasantly Fragrant Citrus Oil

Restoring NAD+ could reduce DNA damage accumulation

Whole-body vibration may be as effective as regular exercise

 
Print Page
Email Article

Changing Drug Delivery For Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Increases Effectiveness, Lowers Costs

  [ 5 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
By News Release • www.ProHealth.com • April 12, 2000


SUMMARY: Researchers show that giving the medication, methotrexate, to patients who suffer from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis by injection, rather than orally, significantly improved the patients' health and at a dramatically reduced cost. Researchers report; "We found that 73 percent of patients switched from the oral method to the injection because they were not satisfied with the way they were feeling. Two-thirds of those patients noticed improvement when they got the methotrexate by injection."

ABSTRACT: Hershey, Pa. --- Researchers show that giving the medication, methotrexate, to patients who suffer from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis by injection, rather than orally, significantly improved the patients' health and at a dramatically reduced cost.
"We found that 73 percent of patients switched from the oral method to the injection because they were not satisfied with the way they were feeling. Two-thirds of those patients noticed improvement when they got the methotrexate by injection," says Barbara Ostrov, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and medicine at Penn State's College of Medicine. "When our cost analysis was completed we found that it was 78 percent cheaper for patients to be treated with an injection."
Ostrov and her colleagues' paper titled, "Improved Tolerance and Cost-Effectiveness of Subcutaneous Versus Oral Methotrexate in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA)," was presented Nov. 9 at the American College of Rheumatology meeting in San Diego, Calif.
This study involved 52 patients, 36 with RA and 16 with JRA. Patients were on the oral medication for at least three months and then switched and started receiving the methotrexate for at least three months by injection.
Partially because of side effects, such as nausea, 31 percent chose to switch the way they receive their medication. After the change from an oral dose to an injection, only 4 percent still complained of side effects. Also, another third said they switched because of the cost of the oral medication.
Overall, the average cost per patient per week for those treated orally was $16.56. That compares to just $3.57 for those treated by injection. The cost then for treating these 52 patients for one year would be nearly $45,000 compared to less than $10,000 for the group treated by injection.
"When you would extrapolate these costs to a population of 1,000 patients, it would be $861,000 to treat those patients orally compared to $185,000 to treat by injection. These cost savings of $675,000 is dramatic." states Ostrov.
She adds that at least 1 in every 1,000 people in the United States suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.
Ostrov is a pediatric and adult rheumatologist at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa. She and her colleagues at Hershey, State College and the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., hope to eventually work with a larger group of patients to confirm these studies. Both Hershey Medical Center and the Geisinger Center are part of the Penn State Geisinger Health System.

Source: Hershey Medical Center



Post a Comment

Featured Products From the ProHealth Store
Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Ultra ATP+, Double Strength

Looking for Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements?
Search the ProHealth Store for Hundreds of Natural Health Products


Article Comments



Be the first to comment on this article!

Post a Comment


 
NAD+ Ignite with Niagen

Featured Products

Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil Ultra EPA - Fish Oil
Ultra concentrated source of essential fish oils
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
FibroSleep™ FibroSleep™
The All-in-One Natural Sleep Aid
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium
Vitamin D3 Extreme™ Vitamin D3 Extreme™
50,000 IU Vitamin D3 - Prescription Strength

Natural Remedies

Physically and Mentally Exhausted? How to Restore Energy at Its Source Physically and Mentally Exhausted? How to Restore Energy at Its Source
Top 3 Nutrients to Detox the Liver and Soothe Digestion Top 3 Nutrients to Detox the Liver and Soothe Digestion
The Brain Boosting and Fatigue Fighting B-12 The Brain Boosting and Fatigue Fighting B-12
Secret Nutrient for Radiant Skin Secret Nutrient for Radiant Skin
D-ficient? Health Risks You Need to Know About D-ficient? Health Risks You Need to Know About

CONTACT US
ProHealth, Inc.
555 Maple Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(800) 366-6056  |  Email

· Become a Wholesaler
· Vendor Inquiries
· Affiliate Program
SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE
Credit Card Processing
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTERS
Get the latest news about Fibromyalgia, M.E/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease and Natural Wellness

CONNECT WITH US ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus

© 2017 ProHealth, Inc. All rights reserved. Pain Tracker App  |  Store  |  Customer Service  |  Guarantee  |  Privacy  |  Contact Us  |  Library  |  RSS  |  Site Map