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Optimising anti-TNF treatment using biosimilars

Decision Making

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Studies show that when patients have an active involvement in treatment decisions and are more educated about their treatment they will elect for more conservative treatment options.2 Patients who adhere to their treatments are three times more likely to achieve desired outcomes, such as improved quality of life and better functional capacity, than nonadherent patients.3 

When HCPs and patients engage in SDM there is a greater likelihood of adherence for patients, often with the added bonus of reduced health care costs.3 Health care costs attributable to nonadherence annually in the United States are estimated to be $100–$300 billion per year.4

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The increasing numbers of anti-TNF biosimilars available on the market represent increasing treatment options for patients and potentially improved rates of remission. 

HCPs are starting to re-evaluate the need of applying exit strategies for anti-TNF therapy with the reduced costs of these treatments, following the advent of biosimilars.

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