Incorporating the treat-to-target concept in rheumatoid arthritis.

Eric M. Ruderman*, Kamala M. Nola, Stanley Ferrell, Tamar Sapir, Davecia R. Cameron

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Recent publications have proposed revisions to disease classification criteria, new definitions of remission, and guidelines for implementing treat-to-target strategies for the management of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Despite developments leading to this practice-changing approach, the concept of treat to target has not yet been widely accepted or implemented in managed care. At the 24th Annual Meeting Expo of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), held in San Francisco on April 18, 2012, a 4-hour activity titled Incorporating New Treat-to-Target Guidance and Strategies in RA: What Managed Care Needs to Know was conducted in association with AMCP's Continuing Professional Education Partner Program. The practicum featured didactic presentations, a roundtable session, and an expert panel discussion detailing research evidence, ideas, and discussion topics central to the treat-to target concept in RA and its applications to managed care. To (a) discuss recent advances in RA management, (b) evaluate strategies to optimize the use of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs(DMARDs), and (c) explain how to incorporate the treat-to-target paradigm in contemporary clinical practice and clinical care models in order to improve outcomes for patients. The past decade has seen a tremendous amount of change in the field of rheumatology. The early and aggressive treatment of RA, including the use of novel biologic agents, has been shown to have favorable patient outcomes in reducing synovial inflammation, delaying joint damage,and maintaining functional status, leading to the recently published revisions in classification criteria and updated recommendations for the utilization of conventional DMARDs and biologic agents in the treatment of RA. The revised classification criteria can be used to diagnose RA patients at an earlier point in the disease course by placing greater emphasis on clinical features that manifest early in the disease process. The concept of achieving tight control of RA and treating to target has been well established and utilizes early diagnosis, aggressive treatment, and regular monitoring,leading to positive outcomes in a significant number of patients with RA who achieve current treatment goals of low levels of disease activity or clinical remission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of managed care pharmacy : JMCP
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Health Policy

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