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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

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Dr. Reid

Abstract

As with many things in medicine, there are the reliable treatments and the new kids on the block that replace them. With any treatment regimen it should be effective, safe and cost conscious to the patient and the healthcare system. An effective medication not only treats the targeted disease state, but does so in a safe manner, to minimize the adverse effects to the patient and reduces potentiation of interactions with patients’ other conditions and therapies. A cost-conscious approach not only reduces the burden to the patient, but the healthcare system, by reducing unnecessary spending on costly treatments. Colchicine has been a choice in the treatment of gout and remains an effective option. However, with its recent reformulation, it has become expensive and when compared to therapies involving generic medications like glucocorticoids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, may be a less optimal option for many. While the cost difference is clear, is there another effective, safe and cost conscientious approach for the treatment of gout?

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