Patients and Physicians Work Together to Manage RA

Stephanie talks about how she has taken control of her life by tracking her disease and partnering with her rheumatologist.

Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis

Regular, objective assessments of RA disease activity are key to achieving target levels of disease activity and improving patient outcomes.1-7 Management of RA is largely informed by assessments of clinical symptoms, joint evaluations and laboratory testing for C-reactive protein (CRP) and/or erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR). However, these measures cannot always identify underlying disease activity or assess the risk of future structural damage, which may continue even when signs and symptoms appear to be controlled.8-10

Using Blood Tests to Monitor RA Disease Activity

RA is a disease that involves complex interactions among multiple proteins in a number of tissues, including bone, cartilage and synovium.11 Vectra® is a multi-biomarker blood test that simultaneously measures 12 key biomarkers consistently associated with RA disease activity and combines them in a single score between 1 and 100. By providing an objective and reproducible measure of RA disease activity that can be used to complement existing assessment tools, Vectra provides an objective and reproducible measure of RA disease activity that can be used to complement existing assessment tools.12,13

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