Advancing scientific understanding about autoimmune diseases
Chronic Autoimmune Diseases
Autoimmune diseases arise from an inappropriate immune response of the body against substances and tissues normally present in the body. Autoimmune diseases are a family of more than 80 chronic, and often disabling, diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, vasculitis and multiple sclerosis.
Patients with autoimmune diseases face a lifetime of illness and treatment. They often endure debilitating symptoms, loss of organ function, reduced productivity at work, and high medical expenses. And, because most of these diseases disproportionately afflict women, and are among the leading causes of death for young and middle-aged women, they impose a heavy burden on patients’ families and on society.
The autoimmune team at Medac Pharma, Inc. is concentrating mainly on rheumatology diseases because early and aggressive therapy can often help slow disease progression.