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What is HUMIRA?

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HUMIRA is the brand name for the drug adalimumab, according to Everyday Health. It is prescribed by doctors to treat patients with inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthrtitis, psoriatic arthritis, Crohn's disease and plaque psoriasis. HUMIRA is developed by Abbott Laboratories and was first approved in 2002 by the FDA.

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HUMIRA is an injection into the skin every two weeks, according to WebMD. It works by blocking an inflammation-causing chemical activator called tumor necrosis factor, or TNF, thereby reducing the symptoms and damage of rheumatoid arthritis. The injection can be administered by the patient or by a friend or family member who has received proper instruction.

A doctor may prescribe HUMIRA alone or in combination with other anti-TNF drugs, according to Everyday Health. Including HUMIRA, there are only five other anti-TNF drugs approved by the FDA as of 2014. These include Remicade, Enbrel, Cimzia and Simponi.

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