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Luis Rodriguez-Rodriguez, Leticia Leon, Jose Ivorra-Cortes, Alejandro Gómez, Jose Ramon Lamas, Esperanza Pato, Juan Angel Jover, Lydia Abásolo
OBJECTIVES: To assess the mortality rate (MR) and the mortality risk of a rheumatoid arthritis (RA) inception cohort, with and without biologic agents (BAs). Other factors associated to mortality were also investigated. METHODS: Retrospective longitudinal study of RA patients, attending the rheumatology outpatient clinic of a tertiary Hospital (Madrid), collected over 5 years (2000-2004), and followed from the diagnosis of RA up to the patients' death, lost to follow-up or September 2013...
October 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Mei Jiang, Feifeng Ren, Yaning Zheng, Ruyu Yan, Wenhan Huang, Ning Xia, Lei Luo, Jun Zhou, Lin Tang
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of down-titration (dose reduction/tapering) strategies compared with continuation of biological disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who achieved and maintained low disease activity or remission. METHODS: We searched the following electronic database up to March 2016: MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), and conference proceedings of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and European League against Rheumatism (EULAR)...
September 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Bart V J Cuppen, Johannes W G Jacobs, Evert-Jan Ter Borg, Anne C A Marijnissen, Johannes W J Bijlsma, Floris P J G Lafeber, Jacob M van Laar
OBJECTIVES: Despite the success of TNF-alpha inhibitor (TNFi) treatment in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a substantial number of patients necessitate discontinuation. Prediction thereof would be clinically relevant and guide the decision whether to start TNFi treatment. METHODS: Data were used from the observational BiOCURA cohort, in which patients initiating biological treatment were enrolled and followed up for one year. In the model development cohort (n=192), a model predicting TNFi discontinuation was built using Cox-regression with backward selection (p<0...
October 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Suzanne Arends, Elisabeth Brouwer, Monique Efde, Eveline van der Veer, Hendrika Bootsma, Freke Wink, Anneke Spoorenberg
OBJECTIVES: Randomised controlled trials and open-label extension studies have demonstrated the clinical efficacy and safety of tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) blocking therapy in pre-selected study patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Our aim was to investigate the 7-year drug survival and clinical effectiveness of etanercept treatment in AS patients in daily clinical practice. METHODS: Consecutive AS patients from the prospective observational GLAS cohort who started etanercept because of active disease were included and evaluated over 7 years according to a fixed protocol...
October 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
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
Helen L Wright, Trevor Cox, Robert J Moots, Steven W Edwards
Neutrophils are implicated in the pathology of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but the mechanisms regulating their activation are largely unknown. RA is a heterogeneous disease, and whereas many patients show clincal improvement during TNF inhibitor (TNFi) therapy, a significant proportion fails to respond. In vitro activation of neutrophils with agents, including TNF, results in rapid and selective changes in gene expression, but how neutrophils contribute to TNF signaling in RA and whether TNFi sensitivity involves differential neutrophil responses are unknown...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
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
Bridget Hodkinson, Kingsley Ross Magomero, Mohammed Tikly
BACKGROUND: In resource-constrained settings where biologic agents are not widely available, there are limited therapeutic options for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) refractory to other synthetic disease modifying antirheumatic (DMARD) therapies. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of leflunomide (LEF) with methotrexate (MTX) in refractory RA. METHODS: A retrospective record review of adult RA patients treated with LEF/MTX...
October 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease
Lily Dubey, Suparna Chatterjee, Alakendu Ghosh
OBJECTIVES: Methotrexate (MTX) is the most commonly used cost-effective disease-modifying antirheumatoid drug (DMARD). Its main dose-limiting adverse effects are hepatic and hematopoietic. This cross-sectional, observational study evaluated the prevalence of hepatic and hematological adverse effects with long-term low-dose MTX therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients taking ≤15 mg/week MTX for at least 2 years were enrolled from the rheumatology outpatient department...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
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
Martin Feuchtenberger, Arne Schäfer, Axel Philipp Nigg, Michael Rupert Kraus
BACKGROUND: Only limited data are available on the prevalence of hepatitis B in patients with proven rheumatic diseases and thus the risk of reactivation under immunosuppressive therapy. OBJECTIVE: To analyse hepatitis B serology in patients with rheumatic diseases prior to therapy. METHOD: In total, 1,338 patient records were analysed for HBsAg, HBsAb and HBcAb in a cross-sectional, single-centre study between 2011 and 2015 at first presentation...
2016: Open Rheumatology Journal
Vinod Ravindran, George Alias
In a proportion of patients, chikungunya arthritis (CA) might run into a chronic persistent phase. The treatment for this phase is not very clear. In this randomized parallel group open label study of 24 weeks duration, we evaluated the efficacy of DMARD combination in persistent CA. Consecutive 139 patients with persistent CA (persistent arthritis for >1 year after the chikungunya fever either in 2008 or 2009 fulfilling epidemiological criteria for CA) were screened. Of these patients who were already taking hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and had active arthritis were randomized to receive either fixed-dose combination therapy (methotrexate 15 mg/day, sulfasalazine 1 g/day, and HCQ 400 mg/day) or continue with HCQ 400 mg/day (dose optimized) monotherapy...
October 4, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
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
Shingo Nakayamada, Satoshi Kubo, Shigeru Iwata, Yoshiya Tanaka
Considerable advances in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have been made following the advent of biological disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs). However, biological DMARDs require intravenous or subcutaneous injection and some patients fail to respond to these drugs or lose their primary response. Currently, Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors have been developed as a new class of DMARD that inhibits the non-receptor tyrosine kinase family JAK involved in intracellular signaling of various cytokines and growth factors...
October 3, 2016: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
Antonio Vitale, Giacomo Emmi, Giuseppe Lopalco, Stefano Gentileschi, Elena Silvestri, Claudia Fabiani, Maria Letizia Urban, Bruno Frediani, Mauro Galeazzi, Florenzo Iannone, Donato Rigante, Luca Cantarini
Our aim was to evaluate the effectiveness of adalimumab (ADA) during a 24-month study period in patients affected with Behçet's disease (BD). Clinical and therapeutic data from 100 consecutive BD patients treated with ADA were retrospectively collected and statistically analyzed. At 12-week follow-up, ADA induced clinical efficacy in 81 patients, with a mean time to response of 7.63 ± 3.43 weeks; 25 (30.9 %) patients underwent a disease relapse after 22.17 ± 1.57 months, but treatment adjustments allowed a recovery of efficacy in 11 cases...
September 27, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
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