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Costs of drugs for treatment of rheumatic diseases
  1. Rene Westhovens1 and
  2. Lieven Annemans2
  1. 1Department of Development and Regeneration, Skeletal Biology and Engineering Research Center KU Leuven, Rheumatology University Hospital Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
  2. 2Department of Public Health, I-CHER Interuniversity Centre for Health Economics Research, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rene Westhovens; rene.westhovens{at}


The cost of drugs is becoming an issue worldwide, in particular for inflammatory rheumatic diseases. In the current review, an overview of the scene is given with a specific emphasis on accessibility for those patients in real need of the available expensive treatments. The authors propose 7 principles for discussion that need to be addressed and are a responsibility for all stakeholders in rheumatology.

  • Arthritis
  • Economic Evaluations
  • Treatment

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