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New Auto-Injector To Make Drug Administration Easier For Arthritis Patients

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Arthritis is estimated to affect almost 10 million Britons, with around 400,000 suffering from its more severe form, rheumatoid arthritis (RA). While there is no cure for the disease at present, it is possible to manage the condition through injections of biologic medicines, usually self-administered. However, the nature of many such drugs can make the injection process uncomfortable. Now a new injection device developed by Cambridge Consultants promises to eliminate the discomfort and accelerate application.

Many biologic drugs used to treat RA and other inflammatory diseases are viscous and often need to be kept in cold storage. Their thick consistency means that using traditional syringes can make their application slow and painful. And since they are refrigerated before use, it takes a while to warm the drugs to body temperature.

These problems have been addressed in the development of the auto-injector Cambridge Consultants has called Aria. According to the company, it takes less than a minute for the device to bring the medicine from fridge to body temperature, as a result of which the injection duration is reduced by up to 30%. The associated pain is also reduced because heating makes it less viscous. The device also eliminates the psychological discomfort caused by needles: patients load the syringe with its cap on, removing it only when ready to push the injection button. Not only does this make the process safer but also less frightening because the needle remains out of sight. Cambridge Consultants believes that the device will promote patient compliance due to the extra confidence and reassurance it offers.