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Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs

Paulina Płoszaj, Andrzej Regiec, Stanisław Ryng, Agnieszka Piwowar, Marian L Kruzel
The 5-amino-3-methyl-4-isoxazolecarboxylic acid hydrazide (HIX) is a synthetic isoxazole derivative with a potential for development as an anti-inflammatory drug candidate. The goal of this study was to explore in vitro autoimmune and inflammatory gene modulation by HIX in human Caco-2 cultured cells. The effect of low dose of HIX was tested on the expression level of RNA in 24h Caco-2 cultures using the QIAGEN Th17 for Autoimmunity & Inflammation RT(2) Profiler PCR Array. We choose the PCR technology as the most reliable and sensitive gene expression profiling method for analyzing specific gene regulatory networks...
October 17, 2016: Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology
Marina Amaral de Ávila Machado, Felipe Ferre, Cristiano Soares de Moura, Alessandra Maciel Almeida, Eli Iola Gurgel Andrade, Mariângela Leal Cherchiglia, Francisco de Assis Acurcio
INTRODUCTION: The Brazilian Public Health System offers free-of-charge drug treatment for ankylosing spondylitis (AS) to all Brazilian citizens. We report here the first population-based cohort study on patients with AS in Brazil. The aim of this study was to evaluate the costs of the tumour necrosis factor (anti-TNF) blockers and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) that were used in the treatments of patients with AS in Brazil between March 2010 and September 2013. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was performed using administrative databases...
July 11, 2016: Rheumatol Ther
Joachim R Kalden
Diverse strategies to develop novel treatments for rheumatoid arthritis which specifically target those patients who do not respond to available medications, including biologics, are currently being explored. New potential therapeutic approaches which may become available as part of standard therapeutic regimens include the propagation of regulatory T cells and-in the future-of regulatory B cells. New biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (b-DMARDs) against interleukin-17 and -6, granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor, and complement component 5 are now standard components of clinical treatment programs...
June 2016: Rheumatol Ther
Sergio Iannazzo, Gianluca Furneri, Federica Demma, Chiara Distante, Simone Parisi, Veronica Berti, Enrico Fusaro
INTRODUCTION: Chronic inflammatory rheumatic diseases (RDs) trigger high costs for healthcare systems and society due to the disability and comorbidity associated with these disease entities. The aim of this study was to analyze patients with RD, assess the use of conventional synthetic and biologic therapies, and estimate the overall cost of treatment in Italy. METHODS: Administrative healthcare claims from the Piedmont region in Northwest Italy were reviewed to identify patients who received disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) between 2007 and 2010...
June 2016: Rheumatol Ther
Jonas Geuens, Thijs Willem Swinnen, Rene Westhovens, Kurt de Vlam, Luc Geurts, Vero Vanden Abeele
BACKGROUND: Chronic arthritis (CA), an umbrella term for inflammatory rheumatic and other musculoskeletal diseases, is highly prevalent. Effective disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs for CA are available, with the exception of osteoarthritis, but require a long-term commitment of patients to comply with the medication regimen and management program as well as a tight follow-up by the treating physician and health professionals. Additionally, patients are advised to participate in physical exercise programs...
October 13, 2016: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Kazuhiko Kotani, Michiaki Miyamoto, Hitoshi Ando
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease with a potential cardiovascular (CV) risk. Flow-mediated vasodilation (FMD) is an ultrasonic method to evaluate endothelial function. RA is a contributor to endothelial dysfunction, a CV risk. Relevant insights on the improvement of the CV outcomes in RA patients may be obtained by a systematic review of trials that investigated the effects of RA treatment on FMD in RA patients. This review found that treatments with antirheumatic drugs and some non-antirheumatic drugs could improve the FMD in RA patients...
October 13, 2016: Current Vascular Pharmacology
Roy Fleischmann, Michael Schiff, Désirée van der Heijde, Cesar Ramos-Remus, Alberto Spindler, Marina Stanislav, Cristiano A F Zerbini, Sirel Gurbuz, Christina Dickson, Stephanie de Bono, Douglas Schlichting, Scott Beattie, Wen-Ling Kuo, Terence Rooney, William Macias, Tsutomu Takeuchi
Objective This Phase 3 study evaluated baricitinib, an oral Janus kinase (JAK)1/JAK2 inhibitor, as monotherapy or combined with methotrexate (MTX) compared to MTX in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with no or minimal prior conventional synthetic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and naive to biologic DMARDs. Methods Patients (N=588) were randomized 4:3:4 (MTX: baricitinib 4 mg once daily: baricitinib 4 mg + MTX) for 52 weeks. The primary endpoint assessment was noninferiority of baricitinib monotherapy to MTX based on American College of Rheumatology 20% (ACR20) response at Week 24...
October 9, 2016: Arthritis & Rheumatology
S Lam
Pfizer's Xeljanz (tofacitinib citrate) was the first Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor to reach the market for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) following its U.S. approval in November 2012, and it has since gained approval in more than 45 countries as a second-line therapy for RA after failure of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). This emerging category has heralded an attractive new class of oral treatment options in RA, with a notable opportunity in patients who stop responding to DMARDs, but they are facing a challenging market...
August 2016: Drugs of Today
Kentaro Inui, Tatsuya Koike
Strategies in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) based on 'treat to target' aim to control disease activity, minimize structural damage, and promote longer life. Several disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) have been shown to be effective including biological DMARDs (bDMARDs). Treatment guidelines and recommendations for RA have also been published. According to those guidelines, conventional synthetic DMARDs (csDMARDs), as monotherapy or combination therapy, should be used in DMARD-naïve patients, irrespective of the addition of glucocorticoids (GCs)...
October 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease
Alexander M Fassmer, Edeltraut Garbe, Niklas Schmedt
The aim of this study was to analyze the population-based frequency of classic (c-) and biologic (b-) disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) use over time, selected underlying indications and the specialty of the prescribing physicians in Germany. Based on the claims data of the German Pharmacoepidemiological Research Database (GePaRD), yearly cross-sectional studies were conducted from 2004 to 2011. The prevalence of DMARD use was calculated as the number of persons with at least one dispensation per 1000 persons stratified by sex and age...
October 2016: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
Yueh-Feng Sung, Feng-Cheng Liu, Chun-Chieh Lin, Jiunn-Tay Lee, Fu-Chi Yang, Yu-Ching Chou, Cheng-Li Lin, Chia-Hung Kao, Hsin-Yi Lo, Tse-Yen Yang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and the risk of developing Parkinson disease (PD). PATIENTS AND METHODS: This retrospective cohort study was conducted from January 1, 1998, through December 31, 2010, using data from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database. We identified 33,221 patients with newly diagnosed RA and 132,884 randomly selected age- and sex-matched patients without RA. A multivariable Cox proportional hazards regression model was used to evaluate the risk of developing PD in the RA cohort...
October 2016: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Yuan An, Tian Liu, Dongyi He, Lijun Wu, Juan Li, Yi Liu, Liqi Bi, Bin Zhou, Changsong Lin, Lan He, Xiangyuan Liu, Xiaofeng Li, Niansheng Yang, Zhuoli Zhang, Hui Song, Wei Wei, Jing Liu, Yu Bi, Zhanguo Li
The aims of this study are to characterize the biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (bDMARD) usage patterns in real-life and examine the remission rate of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients receiving bDMARDs in routine clinical practice in China. Consenting RA patients (≥18 years) from 15 teaching hospitals and receiving marketed bDMARDs were included. In total, 802 patients (81.3 % women, 49.0 ± 13.9 years) were included; 89.5 % were receiving a combination of bDMARDs and conventional synthetic DMARDs (csDMARDS), whereas 10...
October 5, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
Edward Sames, Heather Paterson, Charles Li
Agranulocytosis is a rare and little-known side effect of hydroxychloroquine use. This report describes the case of a 71-year-old woman with poorly controlled rheumatoid arthritis who developed agranulocytosis after several months of hydroxychloroquine therapy. She had been on several different disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, including methotrexate and leflunomide, for her rheumatoid arthritis. Treatment became complicated following a diagnosis of leflunomide-induced pulmonary fibrosis that was discovered after an intensive care unit (ICU) admission for severe Pseudomonas pneumonia...
June 2016: Eur J Rheumatol
Ömer Karadağ, Timuçin Kaşifoğlu, Birol Özer, Sabahattin Kaymakoğlu, Yeşim Kuş, Murat İnanç, Gökhan Keser, Sedat Kiraz
Biological drugs (tumor necrosis factor inhibitors, rituximab, tocilizumab, abatacept, and tofacitinib) are important treatment alternatives in rheumatology, particularly for resistant patients. However, they may cause hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) reactivation; for instance, HBV reactivation may occur in a patient who is an inactive hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) carrier or who has resolved HBV infection. Therefore, the screening of patients before biological treatment and the application of a prophylactic treatment, particularly with respect to latent HBV infections, are recommended when necessary...
March 2016: Eur J Rheumatol
Umut Kalyoncu, Hakan Emmungil, Ahmet Mesut Onat, Sedat Yılmaz, Timuçin Kaşifoglu, Servet Akar, Nevsun İnanç, Fatih Yıldız, Orhan Küçükşahin, Ömer Karadağ, Rıdvan Mercan, Cemal Bes, Veli Yazısız, Barış Yılmazer, Mustafa Özmen, Şükran Erten, Soner Şenel, Ayten Yazıcı, Koray Taşçılar, Melike Kalfa, Sedat Kiraz, Bünyamin Kısacık, Yavuz Pehlivan, Levent Kılıç, İsmail Şimşek, Ayşe Çefle, Nurullah Akkoç, Haner Direskeneli, Eren Erken, Murat Turgay, Mehmet Akif Öztürk, Mehmet Soy, Kenan Aksu, Ayhan Dinç, İhsan Ertenli
OBJECTIVE: The reactivation of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a well-known event in hepatitis B surface antigen (HbsAg)-positive patients receiving immunosuppressive therapy. The objective of this study was to assess the antiviral practice and course of HBV infection in inflammatory arthritis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Nineteen rheumatology centers participated in this retrospective study. HbsAg-positive patients who were taking disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs and who were being tested for HBV viral load at a minimum of two different time points were included...
December 2015: Eur J Rheumatol
Brigitte Michelsen, Eirik Klami Kristianslund, Hilde Berner Hammer, Karen Minde Fagerli, Elisabeth Lie, Ada Wierød, Synøve Kalstad, Erik Rødevand, Frode Krøll, Glenn Haugeberg, Tore K Kvien
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the predictive value of discordance between (1) tender and swollen joint count and (2) patient's and evaluator's global assessment on remission in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). METHODS: From the prospective, multicentre Norwegian-Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drug study, we included patients with RA and PsA starting first-time tumour necrosis factor inhibitors and DMARD-naïve patients starting methotrexate between 2000 and 2012...
October 4, 2016: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Stephanie R Harrison, Dennis McGonagle, Sharmin Nizam, Stephen Jarrett, Jeroen van der Hilst, Michael F McDermott, Sinisa Savic
BACKGROUND: Some adult patients presenting with unexplained pyrexia, serositis, skin rashes, arthralgia, myalgia, and other symptoms commonly found in autoinflammatory disorders may not fit a specific diagnosis, either because their clinical phenotype is nondiagnostic or genetic tests are negative. We used the term undifferentiated systemic autoinflammatory disorder (uSAID) to describe such cases. Given that well-defined autoinflammatory diseases show responses to IL-1 blockade, we evaluated whether anakinra was useful for both diagnosing and treating uSAID patients...
May 5, 2016: JCI Insight
S Pehlivan, A Aydeniz, T Sever, O Altindag, M Pehlivan, S Gursoy, S Oguzkan-Balci
This study aimed to investigate whether functional variants of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) gene play any role in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) ethiopathogenesis and treatment in the Turkish population. Because, eNOS variants are responsible for alteration of the NO level in plasma, by reducing/increasing the endothelial NO synthesis. In the study, two eNOS gene variants (G894T and intron 4 VNTR A/B) were examined at extracted DNAs from 65 peripheral blood cell of RA patients. For the control, blood samples obtained from 70 healthy persons were studied...
September 30, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
Fleischmann R, Landewé R, Smolen J S
OBJECTIVE: Treatment options available to patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are ever-changing, and understanding the similarities and differences of efficacy and safety between different RA therapies is of key importance in order to facilitate treatment decisions by both the patient and physician. Very few head-to-head, peer-reviewed trials exist; instead, evidence for efficacy of treatments is often ascertained from placebo-controlled trials, registries and meta-analyses, which often do not sufficiently address the relative effectiveness of two medications...
August 1, 2016: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Maxime Dougados, Désirée van der Heijde, Ying-Chou Chen, Maria Greenwald, Edit Drescher, Jiajun Liu, Scott Beattie, Sarah Witt, Inmaculada de la Torre, Carol Gaich, Terence Rooney, Douglas Schlichting, Stephanie de Bono, Paul Emery
BACKGROUND: Baricitinib is an oral, reversible, selective Janus kinase 1 and 2 inhibitor. METHODS: In this phase III, double-blind 24-week study, 684 biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD)-naïve patients with rheumatoid arthritis and inadequate response or intolerance to ≥1 conventional synthetic DMARDs were randomly assigned 1:1:1 to placebo or baricitinib (2 or 4 mg) once daily, stratified by region and the presence of joint erosions. Endpoint measures included American College of Rheumatology 20% response (ACR20, primary endpoint), Disease Activity Score (DAS28) and Simplified Disease Activity Index (SDAI) score ≤3...
September 29, 2016: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
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