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PAN Encourages Americans to Recognize World Arthritis Day


WASHINGTON, D.C., October 12, 2011– The Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation supports The Arthritis Foundation and the global ongoing effort recognized today on World Arthritis Day to increase awareness of the many forms of arthritis and to call on individuals and policymakers to take action to reduce the burden of arthritis around the world.

World Arthritis Day was established in 1996 by Arthritis and Rheumatism International (ARI) and is celebrated each year on October 12. Striking one in every five adults and 300,000 children, arthritis is the nation's leading cause of disability. The Arthritis Foundation says it’s important for people with arthritis to get an accurate diagnosis and early treatment because treatment can be very effective in reducing joint damage and pain. In the past couple years, the FDA has approved several drugs for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and other arthritis-related diseases.

As the staggering prevalence of arthritis continues to rise, the Arthritis Foundation is calling on the nation and individuals to "Move to Improve" to reduce the severe health and economic effects of this disease. They are asking the public to help them reach their goal of covering the distance around the world -- 24,900 miles by walking, hiking, jogging or swimming as many miles as you can before October 31, 2011 and logging your miles on their website.

To learn more about how you can support arthritis awareness efforts, please visit the Arthritis Foundation’s website at http://www.fightarthritispain.org.