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If you can argue that your arthritis rises to the level of a "disability" as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act (a medical condition which "significantly impairs a major life function"), then your employer would be required to "reasonably accommodate" your need for prescription drugs. This means your employer would be barred from taking adverse action against you due to your use of the drugs if you can establish that the drugs do not impair your ability to safely and effectively" perform your job.
You can establish this through a doctor's note. If you present your employer with a doctors note indicating that your medication does not prevent you from safely and effectively performing your job and adverse action is still take against you at work, you may have a claim for violation of your rights under the ADA. Such claim could be pursued by filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which is the federal agency that enforces the ADA.
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