NICE to review anti-TNF decision in RA

NICE has announced that it will review its decision to restrict the use of anti-TNF drugs for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Credit: JH Lancy
Credit: JH Lancy

The U-turn comes after NICE announced last year that people with severe RA would not be permitted to try a second anti-TNF drug.

The decision resulted in an appeal by the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA), the umbrella group for the charity Arthritis Care.

Rachel Haynes, director of public affairs at Arthritis Care, said: ‘We hope that NICE will put the needs of people above costs and reach the right conclusion quickly.

‘Not prescribing these life-transforming drugs to their full potential is like inventing the wheel but not using it because it is cheaper to walk.’

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