CROHN'S DISEASE

Crohn's Disease affects approximately 500,000 Americans. It is an ongoing disorder, which manifests as continual inflammation of the digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis affects the large intestine, whereas Crohn's Disease affects the entire tract. Treatment for the disease is based on its location, severity and associated complications.

Cimzia®, Remicade®, Tysabri® and Entyvio® are common drugs typically used to treat the disease, along with anti-inflammatory medications and corticosteroids.

IMMUNODEFICIENCY DISORDERS

Immunodeficiency Disorders are a group of disorders in which part of the immune system is missing or defective; therefore, the body's ability to fight infections is impaired. As a result, patients's suffering from immunodeficiency disorders will have frequent infections, which are typically more sever and last longer than usual or expected.

LUPUS

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease occurring when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. It can affect your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs. It is sometimes difficult to diagnose Lupus as its signs and symptoms often mimic those of other ailments. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids and numerous immunosuppressants, such as Benlysta®, are used to control lupus. 

 
 
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Multiple Sclerosis can cause a variety of symptoms: changes in sensation, muscle weakness, abnormal muscle spasms, difficulty moving, difficulties with balance or coordination, problems with speech and swallowing, visual problems, fatigue, acute or chronic pain, bladder and bowel difficulties, cognitive impairment and emotional symptomatology. 

Tysabri® and intravenous steroids are commonly used in MS treatments.

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a long-lasting autoimmune disorder primarily affecting joints. It typically results in warm, swollen and painful joints. The disease may also affect other parts of the body, possible resulting in low red blood cell count, inflammation around the lungs and the heart.

Common treatment for adult and pediatric patients are Actrema®, Orecnia®, Remicade®, Rituxan®, Simponi Aria® and intravenous steroids.

PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS

Psoriatic Arthritis is considered a rare disease affecting fewer than 1 in 2,000 people. It can affect any part of the body and ranges from mild to severe. In both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, disease flares may alternate with periods of remission. There is currently no known cure for psoriatic arthritis.

Treatments utilizing Cimzia® and Remicade® aid in controlling symptoms and preventing further damage to joints.

ULCERATIVE COLITIS

Ulcerative Colitis is a long-term condition resulting in inflammation and ulcers of the colon and rectum. Individuals affected by these diseases may experience abdominal pain and diarrhea often times mixed with blood. Weigh loss, fever and anemia may occur. Complications may include megacolon, inflammation of the eye, joints, or liver and colon cancer.

Corticosteroids and aminosalicylates, immune system suppressors, Entyvio® and Remicade® are options for treating associated symptoms.

NON-HODGKIN'S LYMPHOMA

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma is a group of blood cancers including all types of lymphoma, except: Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Enlarged lymph nodes, fever, night sweats, weight loss and fatigue are common symptoms. Many individuals may also experience bone pain, chest pain and itchiness. Some forms grow slow while others advance quickly. Lymphoma refers primarily to just cancerous blood cell tumors rather than all such tumors.

Rituximab is one of the approved treatment drugs.