A drug’s most dangerous side effects often aren’t discovered until it’s on the market – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Tom Leith and his wife, Kathy, look over his medical records. Leith, 64, who lives near Lake Geneva, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 1983 and was told he eventually would need a wheelchair. Thanks to a variety of drugs, including biologic medicines, he has continued to walk without the need for a wheelchair. (Photo: John Fauber / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Every night, a slew of TV commercials hammer home the benefits of drugs that treat autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis — and tack on a reminder about the risks they carry.

More than most, Tom Leith knows the possible perils.

Over the last 20 years, he has been on three of the drugs for his rheumatoid arthritis: Enbrel, Orencia and Rituxan.

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