Pharmaceutical Drugs to Treat Arthritis. You are their customer for life!

posted Oct 4, 2013, 11:14 AM by Rene Bayani

Current products for arthritic pain are typically non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and narcotics which do not treat core inflammation, but the pain symptoms. As a result you become their customer for life. Surgery is the other alternative for management of pain as a last resort, but has shown only limited success. About 30 % of the patients who have had surgery still have residual unresolved pain. NSAID’s only suppress the pain symptoms. US pain management product sales to treat arthritic conditions are currently over $22 billion annually. Celebrex alone has multi-billion dollar sales to help people deal with the pain from arthritic conditions. The U.S. outpatient market for prescription pain drugs was estimated to be $13.3 Billion in 2006 (Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality). Opioids, which are typically used for moderate-to-severe pain was $3 Billion in 2009. Many pain medications have unwanted side effects. Opioids which represent the largest pain therapy class are widely regarded to result in various side affects including nausea, vomiting, constipation, and somnolence. Opioids can also lead to severe respiratory problems, depression and dependency. NSAIDs also result in gastrointestinal upset, increased cardiovascular risks, and can cause stomach ulcers and kidney and liver damage.