The Important Role of Guidelines in the Appropriate Management of Disease States and Their Treatment Options

Based on a symposium at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy 18th Annual Meeting and Showcase in April 2006, this supplement examines the purpose of guidelines in managing diseases, with a special emphasis on rheumatoid arthritis. Presenters review new and existing (pre-2005) biologic therapies for RA, describe appropriate uses of the new therapies on the basis of published literature, and identify ways to manage formularies in the absence of guidelines for new RA products.


  • The Role of Guidelines in Managing Diseases
  • Improving the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Panel Discussion: Using Guidelines in Managed Care