Desi, MD | Autoimmune disease

Desi is Back Playing Soccer and Doing "Normal Kid" Stuff

When Desi's swollen ankle began hurting so much that he was unable to run and keep up with his friends, his parents, Jonathan and Susan of Maryland, became concerned. After several doctor visits, a rheumatologist diagnosed Desi with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), an autoimmune disease. To help manage the symptoms of JIA, Desi receives weekly injections of autoimmune suppressant medicine and daily doses of anti-inflammatory medicines. Jonathan and Susan say that the cost of the medicine has never been an issue, because Desi has been on generics the entire time; they feel lucky that Desi has had access to these medicines.

Desi is now back playing soccer and doing all the normal kids’ stuff. He is just one of millions of patients helped every day by the members of the Association of Accessible Medicines.

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Erica Klinger—Senior Director, Marketing

By Erica Klinger, Senior Director, Marketing
Published on January 5, 2023



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