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From The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
February 9, 2021

Drugs for Osteoarthritis

JAMA. 2021;325(6):581-582. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.8395

Many different drugs are used for treatment of osteoarthritis pain, but none of them prevent progression of the disease. Nonpharmacologic approaches including weight management, exercise, tai chi, physical therapy, assistive devices, and total joint arthroplasty can also be used. The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has published new guidelines for the management of osteoarthritis of the hip, hand, and knee.

We have reprinted a summary and a Table containing key information about these drugs from a recent comprehensive review in The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics.

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