Table 3

Reasons why oncology experience with rituximab is most helpful

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and autoimmune diseases have similarities

Provides information on chronic use

Provides a large safety database of >370,000 patient exposures

Provides 7 years of postmarketing experience

Extensive experience allows us to predict and manage infusion reactions

Low infection rate in oncology provides information on potential for infection in rheumatoid arthritis

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