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A NEW MEDICATION CAN CUT ARTHRITIS PAIN IN HALF, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

A novel agent in the treatment of pain related to osteoarthritis has been reported to be effective.  Redonda Miller, an internal medicine expert at Johns Hopkins, explains.

MILLER:  The agent is called tenazumab.  It’s a monoclonal antibody geared toward patients with osteoarthritis.  So in this study 450 patients were randomized to receiving this monoclonal antibody versus placebo.  And there was a dramatic reduction in pain score.  Placebo patients lost 15 points on a 100 point pain scale versus 31 to 45 points in the treatment group.  So a huge reduction.  That is very promising in my mind.              :31

Miller says for the millions of people who suffer with osteoarthritis pain, this agent or one like it could provide relief without the multitude of side effects seen with other medications.  The drug must be injected, however, and if approved will likely be quite expensive.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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