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Q: Rheumatoid Arthritis Market ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Rheumatoid Arthritis Market
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: sick-ga
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Posted: 17 Nov 2002 13:17 PST
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Question ID: 109460
I'm looking for the following information:
- Number of people in the US who have rheumatoid arthritis
- Number of people in the US using rheumatoid arthritis medication
- Breakdown of the various drugs to treat rheumatoid arthritis by percentage
Subject: Re: Rheumatoid Arthritis Market
Answered By: johnny_phoenix-ga on 20 Nov 2002 08:56 PST
Hello sick-ga

From the nature of the question, I would imagine that you know
something of the desease itself, so I will move straight to the

1. Number of sufferers
The number of people who reportedly suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis
in the US was around 2.1 million people. Interestingly and something I
did not know is that there are two-three times as many women that
suffer from the complaint as there are men.

OHSU Health

However, this information seemed to be dated so after checking around
it would appear that latest findings put the figure at around 7
million Americans

Arthritis Library Weekly

2. Number of sufferers on medication
Because of the nature of the problem and the amount of pain that it
causes, from my research it would appear that in practically all cases
where RA is diagnosed, treatment is prescribed.

So the number of sufferers on medication will not differ greatly from
the figure of reported cases.

3. Breakdown of Drugs
There are several different groups of drugs that are used and
combinations of different ones are prescribed on a patient by patient

The main groups are.  

NSAIDS (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) 
DMARDS (disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs) are also known as
SAARDS (slow acting anti rheumatic drugs.

Methotrexate is reportedly the most common treatment with reportedly
15% of the 7 million reported cases being "candidates" for this
treatment. The problem is the main side effect that this particular
drug causes which is stomach upsets.

Arthritis Library Weekly

but there are also; 

oral gold

This information was obtained from the following site, which has a lot
more information that you may find interesting with regards to
alternative treatment and medications available.


As far as breaking them down by percentage, this would be impossible
since many suffers take a combination of the drugs and their doctors,
frequently change the medication depending on the side effects and
success that each prescription brings. Therefore, since most sufferers
will be on a combination of more than one of the above listed drugs,
it would be a very inaccurate list.

Through my reserach to answer this question it became clear that
because there is no cure for RA at the moment, research is very much
ongoing into the best way to treat the disease. This means that
prescriptions are changed very frequently and the search for an
overall cure is not helped by the fact that it affects different
people in different ways as do the treatments.

Some find that a certain drug works and eases the symptoms, whereas
others experience no change only side effects from the medication.

I hope that this helps and has answered your question sufficiently.
Please do not hesitate to ask for a question clarification before
rating the answer if I can be of further assistance.

Additional Links
Research Into Rheumatoid Arthritis

Hayfever Cure?

Centre for Rural Health Research and Education - CRHRE
(this is a very good page with a veritable plethora of links to
further information)

Search Strategy

"Rheumatoid Arhritis" "Statistics" "Medication" "Sufferers" "Most
Common Treatment" "Treatment Statistics" "Most Common Medication"

I Hope this Helps, 

Johnny Phoenix
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