Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory condition that can affect the whole body in addition to the joints. RA occurs when your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissues. This attack can cause inflammation, swelling and pain. Your joints may become tender and warm. And stiffness can limit your movement. If you have RA, you may struggle with losing function and disability. This can make it hard to do simple, everyday tasks. RA most commonly affects smaller joints in the hands, feet and spine. Although these joints are affected most often, it can also cause anemia (a blood disorder), skin lesions (wounds) and damage to your internal organs. If not taken care of, RA can cause lasting damage and deformity.
It is very important to follow your doctor’s instructions and not skip any medication. To learn more about arthritis medications, treatment and ongoing management of the disease, please read the information below.
Specialty Pharmacy Program for arthritis:
Members using certain medications for arthritis can benefit from our Specialty Pharmacy Program. This program can help you better manage arthritis through the use of a specialty pharmacy, helpful educational materials and access to clinical experts 24 hours a day.
Adherence and Clinical Management Programs for rheumatoid arthritis are available through
BriovaRx®, the OptumRx® specialty pharmacy
if you’re using certain medications. These programs can help you achieve better outcomes, at no additional cost, by offering one-to-one guidance, refill reminders, medication and condition information, and access to nurses and pharmacists with specialized training. Call 1-888-739-5820 for more information or to enroll.
Care or Case Management Programs may also be available through your health plan. To learn more, call the number or visit the Web site found on the back of your health insurance ID card.
Your health care provider may be required to get certain injectable osteoarthritis medications from a specialty pharmacy. For more information, please click on the medication’s detail page below.
Specialty medications used to treat rheumatoid arthritis:
The following resources may be helpful for learning more about arthritis, how it’s treated and what medications are used. The links below may also help you to find support services, connect with advocacy groups and learn about new research being done on this condition.