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Rheumatoid Arthritis Medication Specialized Educational Classes

For HSS Patients Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

The invention of disease modifying drugs (DMARDs) has drastically changed prognosis and quality of life for patients living with rheumatoid arthritis. The nurses in the Division of Rheumatology are pleased to offer specialized education classes for our patients to increase your understanding of the medication you will be taking and minimize any fears you may have regarding self-administration.

In our private education classes, a registered nurse teaches you how to safely self-administer your first dose of the following prescribed medications:

  • Enbrel (etanercept)
  • Humira (adalimumab)
  • Methotrexate
  • Kineret (anakinra)
  • Cimzia (certolizumab pegol)
  • Simponi (golumumab)

Topics discussed during the class include: overview of the medication, administration, what happens if you miss a dose, what to look for while taking the medication, food and drug interactions, side effects, traveling with the medication, safe storage, and proper disposal. Assistance programs sponsored by the pharmaceutical companies will also be explained. The nurse will call and speak with you the following day to answer any questions and offer emotional support.

The nurse will always be available to you as a resource after the initial education class. If you feel that you need further education, additional classes can be scheduled at your convenience.

To Schedule:

Private education classes are offered Monday - Friday at 2pm, 3pm, or 4pm.

Contact the nurse manager weekdays from 9am - 5pm to make a reservation.


Julie Pollino-Tanner, MSN, RN, Nurse Manager
Email: pollinotannerj@hss.edu
Tel: 212.606.1077


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