National Rheumatoid arthritis Society – Spotlight on RA May 2016

Since the turn of the century, we have seen the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) change in a revolutionary way. I was diagnosed over 35 years ago when the delivery of care was very different to the treatment pathways we know today. This led to me sustaining a huge amount of irreversible damage and a level of disability which would be unlikely to occur, were I diagnosed today. In fact every year, since the launch of NRAS in 2001, we have seen major growth in the research of the pathogenesis of RA, spawned by the advent of Anti-TNF inhibitors in the late 90s.