Utilization patterns of cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors among patients with arthritis in a managed care setting.

When anti-inflammatory/analgesic agents are not well tolerated, patients with arthritis may be prescribed a cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitor. Since these patients often require daily treatment and COX-2 inhibitors are more expensive than nonselective nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents, it is important to assess their patterns of use. In this… (More)