Yes, I saw the study and wrote about it here - What is the Role of Triple Therapy in Treating RA? A number of studies have used methotrexate alone or triple therapy as comparators to other therapies.
I would hope that perhaps this type of study would encourage rheumatologists to go straight to triple therapy rather than try methotrexate (or one of the other DMARDs) alone. It would be somewhat more aggressive than what some folk report that their doctors recommend.
Like you, I have benefited greatly from the biologics (Rituxan in my case) and am glad that we agreed to try that therapy.
I don't know what insurance companies might do based on a singular study, but I hope that it isn't take away patients choice to move onto the biologics if they have moderate to severe RA and require them to fail another treatment regime.
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