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Arthritis Drugs Stopped Longer Than Necessary For Some RA Patients Undergoing Surgery. “When patients with rheumatoid arthritis are scheduled for orthopedic surgery, crucial anti-tumor necrosis factor inhibitors are stopped for periods that may be longer than necessary,” according to a presentation at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology. “For example, the average stop time advocated for patients on etanercept (Enbrel) was 2.4 weeks — even though the drughas a half-life of three to 5.5 days,” while “the average stop time ordered for patients on adalimumab (Humira) was 4.6 weeks, despite the half-life of the drug being 1.4 to 2.9 weeks.” Researchers noted that patients who stopped anti-tumor necrosis factor inhibitors “before surgery were more likely to report disease flares within one month after the procedure than were patients who had not been on the drugs.”

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