New treatments for Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) and Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)

3 June 2019

A/Professor Paul Bird at Rheumatology Specialist Care currently running trials of two agents designed to treat GCA and PMR. Each of the drugs has shown promise in early trials, with patients on active treatment able to reduce steroid dose more rapidly than patients on placebo or Methrotrexate.

A/Professor Bird will care for the patients during the trial at the Kogarah rooms, and there is no cost to the patient. At the end of the 12-month trial, it is expected that patients will be able to cease study drug but provisions have been made for patients who relapse to have further access to therapy.

If you wish to refer patients to the trial please contact A/Professor Bird’s senior research coordinator – contact details below: you can simply fax or email the patients details and we will contact them:

Michelle Glasel RN
Suite 4,19 Kensington Street
Kogarah NSW 2217
Telephone 95870238 or 89648186
Fax: 8084 2349 or 95537400