Arthritis Care sees pack requests soar after media drive

Arthritis Care's "Good News in Arthritis

awareness campaign has recorded a staggering number of requests for an information pack that helps sufferers manage the condition.

The charity had originally projected around 20,000 responses for the mail-out, which contained a covering letter to the sufferer or enquirer, a "What is Arthritis

booklet and a guide published by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence on the use of Cox-2 drugs. A checklist for daily arthritis care was also supplied.

The initiative raked in 380,000 requests during a four-month press campaign, which was funded by Pfizer and Pharmacia, manufacturers of Cox-2 drugs.

"We simply didn't know how it would go,

said a spokesperson at Arthritis Care. "A lot of people had to wait a couple of weeks for their pack. We really didn't like to keep them waiting so we sent a covering letter apologising. And people are still phoning."

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