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Pain reliever for PsA will get cheaper

By Melissa Leavitt

A popular drug for psoriatic arthritis pain may soon cost a lot less.

For the first time, Celebrex (celecoxib) will become available in generic versions, following approval last week from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA approved 50 milligram (mg), 100 mg, 200 mg and 400 mg capsules of the drug.

Celebrex is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. It is sometimes prescribed to help relieve the pain of psoriatic arthritis. Celebrex targets COX-2, which is an enzyme that causes inflammation and pain. Common side effects include stomachache, diarrhea and indigestion.

According to a court decision, the generic will hit the market in December.

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