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Enbrel Vet Understands
Ed: I don't know if
you caught the irony of Mike M.'s
participation in an Enbrel study at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical
Center. Of course, Johnson
& Johnson markets Enbrel's competing arthritis biologic, Remicade.
I have been taking
Enbrel (25 mg.) for a little more than a year for arthritis.
One pleasant side effect has been the slow clearing of my sometimes
miserable hand and foot psoriasis. I
can sympathize with your frustration with Immunex. I
understand that they haven't let in anyone new in all of 2002.
Even those of us who are approved have problems refilling
prescriptions. I have waited
as long as 3-1/2 weeks waiting for a refill to be shipped to my pharmacy.
On a few occasions, I have missed a week or more of injections.
I say take whichever biologic is available to you first, although I
admit that Enbrel has turned my arthritis on its head! -David F.
I had not caught the
irony of the Johnson & Johnson connection.
It’s a nod and grin irony because of Mike’s success.
Had it gone the other way it might have been a beard-scratcher and
Of course I’m glad
to hear about your good results with Enbrel, even though it makes my
current situation even more irksome.
Two weeks ago my GP aspirated 6 fluid ounces of juice-stuff off my
psoriatic arthritic right knee. It
replenished itself in less than a day.
On top of that I’m getting more swollen knuckles in my hands and
X-rays ordered by the GP came back indicating arthritis in the lumbar
region of my spine. My body
has evidently grown immune to the effect of methotrexate.
How do I feel otherwise?
Well, let’s put it this way:
No one from Immunex would be advised to pay me a courtesy call
right now. -Ed
How do I feel otherwise? Well, let’s put it this way: No one from Immunex would be advised to pay me a courtesy call right now. -Ed