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Division of Rheumatology, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ann Intern Med. 1978;89(1):131-132. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-89-1-131
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A burgeoning market for drugs generally classed as anti-rheumatic (or anti-inflammatory) and a clear need for drugs able to reduce the joint destruction caused by rheumatoid arthritis have led to intense efforts in drug development. Where we stand in these efforts was reviewed at a forum on the treatment of inflammatory connective tissues held by the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics at its 79th Annual Meeting in Atlanta, 29-31 March 1978.

More than 50 active anti-rheumatic compounds are under investigation. Most of these are drugs classified as arylalkanoic acid derivatives—aspirin, other types of salicylates, indomethacin, and phenylbutazone are


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