Osteoarthritis drugs in development
Osteoarthritis research: Can doctors slow or reverse joint damage?
Osteoarthritis research — Researchers are working on treatments that may one day stop joint damage.
As you cope with osteoarthritis, researchers are working to better understand what causes osteoarthritis and how to slow or stop associated joint damage. There's still no cure. But new drugs are being developed.
Beyond pain relief: Researchers hope to stop joint damage
While current medications can relieve your pain and improve your joint mobility, they can't stop osteoarthritis from progressing and further damaging your joints. Researchers hope they can change that. Experiments and investigations into new drugs that could slow, stop or even reverse joint damage are under way. Areas of investigation include:
Drugs that interfere with inflammatory signals
Treatments aimed at an inflammatory cytokine called interleukin-1 (IL-1) include:
Drug development and approval: Long waits, no guarantees
It takes many years to develop new drugs. Beyond proving they work, researchers must prove they're safe for people to use. It's encouraging to look ahead to treatments that may one day make treating osteoarthritis safer and more efficient. But some of these experimental drugs could take years to win approval, and others may never make it to the market. In the meantime, talk with your doctor about what you can do to make the most of the treatments available to you now.
Last Updated: 01/15/2007
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