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Are immunizations safe and effective for patients being treated with immunosuppressive agents?

Bushardt, Reamer L. PharmD, PA-C; Winter, Mary PharmD, BCPS

Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants: December 2013 - Volume 26 - Issue 12 - p 12–13
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000438243.87331.da
Pharmacology Consult

ABSTRACT Most immunizations have not been well studied in patients with drug-induced immune suppression. This article reviews strategies for administering vaccines to patients with rheumatoid arthritis who are taking disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs.

Reamer L. Bushardt is professor and chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and editor-in-chief of JAAPA. Mary Winter practices in the Department of Pharmacy at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The authors have indicated no relationships to disclose relating to the content of this article.

Larissa DeDea, PharmD, BCPS, PA-C, department editor

© 2013 American Academy of Physician Assistants.
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