Just thought I would share this interesting and amusing fact. Just had my very first rituximab infusion and second next week. I am the type who has to find out about everything I put in my body and have discovered that this drug is made from Chinese hamster ovary! It is fascinating stuff.
This drug is primarily a cancer drug which was also found to help RA. The cells taken from the hamsters multiply constantly and are used in most biological drugs.
If any of you have read the book 'the immortal life of Henrietta Lacks' they did similar things with her cancer cells which has led to great advancement in treating many cancers and other terrible diseases which has led to these drugs we are using so successfully with RA.
My sister in Italy is now having fun teasing me relentlessly about me being infused with hamster ovary! It is amusing.