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For Autoimmune Ills, Biologics Bring Promise–And Problems

July 12, 2016

(Managed Care Magazine) – Writing on the TheMighty.com, a website where people with chronic and mental illness post firsthand accounts, Jessica Hawk-Tillman, a young woman with RA, described vividly the risk–benefit dilemma posed by biologic medications like the ones Frey used: “Without biologic drugs, many people with these diseases cannot perform daily tasks or even get out of bed. With them, our immune systems are suppressed, so we are at a greater risk of developing other illnesses.” Moreover, wrote Hawk-Tillman, biologics often provide just partial relief—and even that modest goal may require enduring the ups and downs of trial and error.

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