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03/19/2005: Cheating the Charities: Avoiding Sound-Alike Charities
03/19/2005, Reputable charities do important work; but beware of sound-alike charity scams.
05/29/2004: Is Celebrex Safest Anti-Inflammatory Drug?
05/29/2004, Celebrex appears to have lower risk of congestive heart failure, according to Canadian study.
07/10/2003: Canada Will Sell Marijuana, Seeds For Medical Use
07/10/2003, Canada adopts "interim measure" to sell marijuana and seeds to medically eligible people.
05/13/2003: Raptiva Rheumatoid Arthritis Trial Halted
05/13/2003, Genentech and Xoma stop development of the drug Raptiva (efalizumab) for rheumatoid arthritis.
05/07/2003: NIAMS To Study Gabapentin For Fibromyalgia
05/07/2003, NIAMS is funding a study to assess the effectiveness of gabapentin for the treatment of fibromyalgia.
04/22/2003: National Arthritis Month "More Life, Less Limits"
04/22/2003, Arthritis Foundation encourages people with arthritis to seek more life and less limitations.
03/07/2003: FDA Panel Scrutinized Safety Of 4 RA Drugs
03/07/2003, The risk versus benefit of Arava, Enbrel, Remicade, and Humira was reconsidered.
12/31/2002: Humira FDA Approved
12/31/2002, Humira is the first human monoclonal antibody approved for rheumatoid arthritis.
12/24/2002: Amgen Working To Meet Enbrel Demand
12/24/2002, Enbrel is in the news. Amgen Working To meet Enbrel demand. Application submitted for once-weekly dosing.
12/03/2002: Enbrel Availability: The Wait Is Over
12/03/2002, Improved Enbrel availability great news for arthritis patients.
Enbrel Indications to Expand
On 10/29/2002, Amgen submitted a request for new Enbrel indications.
10/15/2002: Access To Therapy Initiated For Humira (Adalimumab)
10/15/2002, Humira (adalimumab) was made available to rheumatoid arthritis patients in need of other treatment options.
08/26/2002: Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) As Cause Of Rheumatoid Arthritis
08/26/2002, Researchers suggest that glycosaminoglycans, or GAGs, may cause RA.
06/24/2002: Awaiting Approval Of Adalimumab (Humira)
06/24/2002, Abbott filed for regulatory approval of Humira (adalimumab).
06/10/2002: Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Delays Disability
06/10/2002: Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program found to delay disability.
03/13/2002: Eli Lilly Offers "LillyAnswers" Drug Assistance Program
03/13/2002, "LillyAnswers" concluded May 15, 2006, but a new assistance program "LillyMedicareAnswers" is expected to become available by early 2007.
01/16/2002: Enbrel Approved For Psoriatic Arthritis
01/16/2002, Enbrel was FDA approved for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis.
01/12/2002: FDA Approves Ascension MCP New Hand Joint Replacement
01/12/2002: FDA approves Ascension MCP, a two-component implant for the metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint.
11/18/2001: Kineret (Anakinra) Approved By FDA
11/18/2001, FDA approves Kineret (anakinra) for rheumatoid arthritis patients who have failed DMARDs.
10/24/2001: Remicade Ineffective For Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
10/24/2001, Remicade (infliximab) maker halts trial designed to assess use for congestive heart failure (CHF).
10/07/2001: Evacuation Chairs Help Disabled To Safety In WTC Tragedy
10/07/2001, Co-workers help wheelchair-users to safety with evacuation chairs during WTC tragedy.
09/20/2001: Another Hip Implant Recall: 8 U.S. Companies Affected
09/20/2001, FDA announces second major recall of hip implants within the past year.
08/19/2001: Kineret (Anakinra) Recommended For FDA Approval
8/19/2001, FDA Arthritis Advisory Committee voted to recommend Kineret (anakinra) for approval.
06/30/2001: Development Of Anti-TNF Drug Adalimumab (Humira)
06/30/2001, Adalimumab (Humira) to be the first fully human anti-TNF therapy for rheumatoid arthritis.
06/25/2001: Osteoarthritis Initiative Moves OA To Center Stage
06/25/2001, Osteoarthritis Initiative (OIA) is launched by NIH.
06/18/2001: Study Data Anakinra (Kineret) / Pegsunercept (PEG sTNF-R1)
06/18/2001, Amgen presents study data for Anakinra (Kineret) and Pegsunercept (PEG sTNF-R1).
05/24/2001: First The Sulzer Hip Implants, And Now Knee Implants?
05/24/2001, Sulzer updates recall of the Inter-Op hip implant. FDA told there may also be problems with a knee implant.
Arthritis Advisory Committee Split on Aslera (Later Named Prestara)
04/22/2001, FDA Arthritis Advisory Committee not overwhelmingly in favor of new lupus drug that was later named Prestara.
03/15/2001: Arava (Leflunomide) Linked To Liver Problems
03/15/2001, EMEA issues public statement regarding Arava and serious hepatic reactions.
02/28/2001: Railroad Workers Derailed By Genetic Testing
02/28/2001, Railroad workers with carpal tunnel syndrome secretly tested.
02/18/2001: Are Doctors Influenced By Pharmaceutical Sales Reps?
02/18/2001, Are doctors decisions about which drugs to prescribe influenced by sales reps?
02/09/2001: FDA Advised On Celebrex & Vioxx
02/09/2001, Drug manufacturers ask FDA to remove ulcer warnings.
01/20/2001: Hip Implant Recall: Sulzer Suffers Setback
01/20/2001, Certain hip implants made by Sulzer Orthopedics were recalled.
12/10/2000: Enbrel Approved By Canada As Demand Soars
12/10/2000, Enbrel was approved in Canada. Since demand has soared, U.S. began enrollment program.
10/14/2000: Enbrel Warning Issued By Immunex
10/14/2000, Immunex sent over 100,000 letters to doctors and pharmacists issuing new warnings.
08/26/2000: Actress Aida Turturro Launches Arthritis Awareness Program
08/26/2000, Aida Turturro becomes spokesperson for rheumatoid arthritis.
08/17/2000: Magnetic Shoes Attract Lawsuit
08/17/2000, A consumer protection group brings suit over unsupported health claims for magnetic shoes.
05/23/2000: The Cost Of Having Seropositive Rheumatoid Arthritis
05/23/2000, Study offers assessment of direct and indirect costs of seropositive rheumatoid arthritis.
04/14/2000: FDA Approves Mobic (Meloxicam) For Osteoarthritis
04/14/2000, FDA approved Mobic (Meloxicam) for the treatment of osteoarthritis.
04/12/2000: Consumer Lab Tests SAM-e; What's Missing From SAM-e?
04/12/2000, Consumer Lab tests 13 brands of SAM-e and the results are surprising.
02/20/2000: Platelets Not Disrupted By Celebrex
02/20/2000, Study shows Celebrex does not interfere with normal platelet function.
12/28/1999: Comparison Celebrex and Vioxx
12/28/1999, An overview of the similarities and differences between the COX-2 inhibitors Celebrex and Vioxx.
12/18/1999: Lyme Disease Vaccine Lawsuit
12/18/1999, The drugmaker SmithKline is sued over LYMErix the Lyme disease vaccine.
11/15/1999: Remicade (Infliximab) Approved For Rheumatoid Arthritis
11/15/1999, Remicade (infliximab) was FDA approved for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
Major Research Grant for Ankylosing Spondylitis
In 1999, NIH awarded major ankylosing spondylitis research grant to continue work started by patient advocates.
08/29/1999: Enbrel Trial For Psoriatic Arthritis
08/29/1999, Enbrel study results indicate improvement in the signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis.
08/09/1999: Can Enbrel Help Early, Active Rheumatoid Arthritis?
08/09/1999, A new label application for Enbrel seeks indications for slowing structural damage and improving symptoms of early, active RA.
06/27/1999: Federal Trade Commission Combats Fraudulent Health Claims
06/27/1999, FTC making effort to combat fraudulent health websites on the Internet.
Positive Results From ATTRACT Remicade Trial
06/15/1999, Results from ATTRACT clinical trial revealed favorable results for Remicade (infliximab).
06/03/1999: Study Shows Role Of COX-2 In The Inflammation Process
06/03/1999, COX-2 enzyme (cyclooxygenase 2) may have anti-inflammatory properties which occur later in the inflammation process.
05/27/1999: Vioxx Approved By FDA
05/27/1999, Vioxx was approved by the FDA.
05/20/1999: Warnings Added For Enbrel
05/20/1999, Enbrel had warnings added to its label just 5 months after it was FDA approved and marketed.
Celebrex Rebounds After Wall Street Journal Report
05/09/1999, Follow-up analysis indicates concern over Celebrex report was overblown.
Celebrex Causes Concern
04/21/1999, Reports in the news about Celebrex cause concern. FDA stresses no need for alarm.
03/10/1999: Lyme Disease Vaccination: Now's The Time
03/10/1999, People at risk for Lyme disease were urged to become vaccinated. In February 2002, the maker of LYMErix (the Lyme vaccine) announced they would stop producing the vaccine.
02/17/1999: Bone Marrow Transplant For Juvenile Chronic Arthritis
02/17/1999, Bone marrow transplant shows promise in battling severe juvenile chronic arthritis.
02/02/1999: Enbrel With Methotrexate: Drug Combination Improves RA
02/02/1999, Study shows significant benefit combining Enbrel with methotrexate for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
01/27/1999: FDA Wants More On The Prosorba Column
01/27/1999, FDA issues a deficiency letter in regard to the pending approval of Prosorba.
01/03/1999: Celebrex (Celecoxib) Approved By FDA
01/03/1999, FDA approves Celebrex (celecoxib) for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
12/02/1998: Celebrex (Celecoxib) Recommended For Approval
12/02/1998, FDA advisory panel unanimously recommends the approval of Celebrex for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
11/05/1998: TNF Blocker Enbrel (Etanercept) Approved By FDA
11/05/1998, FDA approved Enbrel (etanercept) for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
09/24/1998: Enbrel Recommended For FDA Approval
09/24/1998, Enbrel was unanimously recommended for FDA approval for the treatment of active rheumatoid arthritis.
09/16/1998: Arava (Leflunomide) Approved By FDA
09/16/1998, Arava is FDA approved for the treatment of active rheumatoid arthritis in adults.
08/12/1998: Arava (Leflunomide) Recommended For FDA Approval
08/12/1998, Arava was unanimously recommended for FDA approval.
06/23/1998: COX-2 Drugs New Super Aspirins: Superior Arthritis Drugs
06/23/1998, Researcher Phillip Needleman key in COX-2 selective inhibitor development.
05/22/1998: What Has Gone Wrong With ADA?
05/22/1998, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has gone awry. Purpose is not congruent with reality.
04/21/1998: Lizards Lessen Lyme Disease
04/21/1998, Researchers find protein in lizard's blood which kills Lyme disease bacteria in ticks.
03/10/1998: Mercy Killing or Senseless Suicide?
03/10/1998, Dr. Jack Kevorkian helped a rheumatoid arthritis sufferer and a fibromyalgia sufferer end their lives.
02/10/1998: Pro Golfer Casey Martin Sues PGA Tour Under The ADA
02/10/1998: Professional golfer Casey Martin sues the PGA Tour under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
01/20/1998: The Arthritis Foundation Marks 50th Anniversary
01/20/1998, The Arthritis Foundation begins nationwide 50th anniversary observance.
08/12/1997: Medicinal Marijuana: A Continuing Controversy
08/12/1997, Medicinal marijuana is debated in both political and medical arenas.
06/22/1997: Arthritis Drug Enbrel (Etanercept) Offers New Hope
06/22/1997, Researchers optimistic about clinical trial results of Enbrel.
03/13/1997: Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments On The Horizon
03/13/1997, After 15 years without new treatment options, newer biologic drugs for RA were on the way.
03/07/1997: Hip Replacement Surgery Advances / Cemented Vs. Cementless
03/07/1997, Advances in joint replacement surgery provide higher quality of life.