A 40-year-old man with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
A 40-year-old man with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) visited his regular pharmacy for a medication therapy management appointment. After patient discussed his other current medications, the pharmacist asked how he was doing on his RA therapy. The patient explained that since his diagnosis of RA 3 years earlier, he had a very good response to methotrexate, a standard first-line synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD). However, over the past year, he had experienced more severe RA symptoms and impaired physical function. He visited his rheumatologist who ran extensive tests and found that he had progressive joint inflammation and damage. The rheumatologist prescribed a new biologic therapy, to be used in combination with methotrexate. The patient asks his pharmacist about current RA treatment strategies and wants to learn more about the new medications.
Discuss The Role of the Pharmacist in Managing Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis