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Education, Patience Key to Guide Biosimilar-Hesitant Patients Through Transition

FORT WORTH, Texas — Although the use of biosimilars is expected to improve patient access to biologics, open communication between providers and patients is essential to reduce skepticism of the newly available medications, according to a presentation at the Rheumatology Nurses Society Annual Conference.

“We are willing to go with the devil we know than the devil we don’t know,” Paul H. Caldron, DO, PhD, FACP, FACR, MBA, of Arizona Arthritis and Rheumatology Associates, said. “If a patient reports that they feel fine on their medication, they are often hesitant to switch to a biosimilar; they don’t want to mess with a good thing. You should always speak to the patient before a switch because patients have a vote in this — or at least they do so far — and this discussion should be face-to-face rather than with an informational letter.”
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Complement Fragment Test Should Cease if no Elevated Fragments Found

FORT WORTH, Texas — In patients with suspected lupus, rheumatology nurses who use complement fragment studies should cease testing if they see no elevation in fragments, as it means the loss of a key diagnostic tool, according to Paul H. Caldron, DO, PhD, FACP, FACR, MBA, of Arizona Arthritis and Rheumatology Associates.

“In lupus, if the complements C3 and C4 are diminished, one possibility is that they are being used up,” Caldron told attendees at the Rheumatology Nurses Society Conference. “There must be some cells out there being hooked. Another possibility is that they have deficiencies of complement. Most of us aren’t affected by that. There seems to be an inordinate number of people with lupus who also have deficiencies in complement production. They may not be sick, but their complement levels may still be low, so you have to go one more step in the testing.” Click Here to Read More

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Dr. Romy Cabacungan with Arizona Arthritis and Rheumatology Associates tells Tuscon Community how they specialize in Rheumatologic care including a comprehensive suite of ancillary services to treat related diseases. They understand the unique and significant healthcare challenges facing those patients living with arthritis and rheumatic diseases.

Dr. Peters, Dr. Chohan and Team Help Change Lives at St. Vincent De Paul

Treating patients who suffer from debilitating arthritis and getting them back to work keeps Dr. Eric Peters and other AARA health-care providers coming back to volunteer at the Virginia C. Piper St. Vincent de Paul Medical Clinic in Phoenix. What started 10 years ago with one provider volunteering one night per quarter has grown into an AARA team that volunteers every two weeks and sees eight patient a night. Dr. Peters makes diagnoses and sets up treatment plans for new patients and meets with returning patients to help them manage their disease. AARA’s health-care providers believe their mission is to help take care of the people of Arizona, including those at St Vincent de Paul, Dr. Peters says.

Dr. Chohan treating patients at St Vincent de Paul, 2018.

Dr. Chohan’s Team at the Arthritis Foundation’s Annual Walk to Cure Arthritis Event | May 6th, 2017 at the Phoenix Zoo


Arthritis is the #1 cause of disability in the United States, affecting more than 50 million people. The Arthritis Foundation is committed to finding a cure for the millions of people who suffer from arthritis pain, including 300,000 children and their families.

Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation’s nationwide signature event supporting our mission to conquer arthritis by spreading awareness and raising money for research aimed at finding a cure. Whether you are close to the disease or simply looking for an inspiring charity event, Walk to Cure Arthritis is a great way to experience the power of standing together and giving back to the community.

To learn more about Arthritis Foundation’s Annual Walk for the Cure events, please click here: http://www.arthritis.org/get-involved/walk-to-cure-arthritis/?_ga=2.29941247.1159417107.1507906919-521149893.1504200987

 

2017 Red Carpet Event on Oscars Night Boosts Fight Against Arthritis

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability and costs $128 billion annually. There are more than 50 million Americans living with arthritis including 300,000 children. At the 23rd annual GlitzGlamGive Gala, guests enjoyed glitz in their midst at the Arizona Biltmore and on the big screen as the Oscars were being aired. All was for the benefit of the Arthritis Foundation.

Beautif-Eye co-owner, Mercie Loftus, was honored along with her rheumatologist, Dr. Saima Chohan with Arizona Arthritis and Rheumatology Associates and 6-year-old Brianna Cooney, the 2017 youth honoree. Brianna Cooney’s parents are both first responders. Valerie Cooney is an engineer with Glendale Fire and John Cooney is a Phoenix firefighter.

Guests enjoyed the Academy Awards viewing party, a live and silent auction, mystery boxes, a red carpet reception, and a Roxanne’s Couture fashion show. The gala raises funds to support the Arthritis Foundation’s advocacy and access to medical care and treatments; scientific discovery and research to find better treatments and ultimately a cure for arthritis; help & support including education and resources; and juvenile arthritis.

Note: Content from Frontdoors Media on March 3, 2017