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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814431/calprotectin-as-a-marker-of-inflammation-in-patients-with-early-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Maria Karolina Jonsson, Nina Paulshus Sundlisæter, Hilde Haugedal Nordal, Hilde Berner Hammer, Anna-Birgitte Aga, Inge Christoffer Olsen, Karl Albert Brokstad, Désirée van der Heijde, Tore K Kvien, Bjørg-Tilde Svanes Fevang, Siri Lillegraven, Espen A Haavardsholm
OBJECTIVES: Calprotectin is an inflammatory marker of interest in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We evaluated whether the level of calprotectin was associated with disease activity, and if it was predictive of treatment response and radiographic progression in patients with early RA. METHODS: Plasma from disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD)-naïve patients with RA fulfilling 2010 American College of Rheumatology/European League Against Rheumatism classification criteria with symptom duration <2 years was analysed for calprotectin at baseline, and after 1, 3 and 12 months...
August 16, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812149/-uveitis-in-spondyloarthritis
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REVIEW
M Rudwaleit, K Walscheid, A Heiligenhaus
Acute anterior uveitis (AAU) is the most frequent uveitis subtype. It is often associated with HLA-B27 and with inflammatory rheumatic diseases, in particular with spondyloarthritis (SpA), which itself is strongly associated with HLA-B27. About 40-60% of patients with AAU have an associated spondyloarthritis, and 20-40% of patients with spondyloarthritis also have uveitis. The incidence of AAU in patients with SpA clearly correlates with disease duration. The AAU has an acute onset, usually affects only one eye at a time, and shows a tendency for recurrence...
August 15, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812127/-uveitis-in-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
#3
I Foeldvari, K Walscheid, A Heiligenhaus
BACKGROUND: Uveitis is the most common extra-articular manifestation of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). It occurs, according to German registry data, in around 12% of JIA patients and can lead to a loss of vision, especially in cases of delayed diagnosis and/or inadequate therapy. OBJECTIVE: A review of current aspects of diagnosis and therapy was carried out. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This is a review article of the current literature. RESULTS: The risk of uveitis is significantly elevated in patients with an oligoarticular course of JIA, ANA positivity and young age at onset of JIA...
August 15, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790807/non-persistence-and-non-adherence-to-mtx-therapy-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-retrospective-cohort-study-based-on-german-ra-patients
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Sabrina Müller, Thomas Wilke, Andreas Fuchs, Ulf Maywald, Jan-Paul Flacke, Harald Heinisch, Klaus Krüger
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to assess the level of nonpersistence (NP) and nonadherence (NA) to methotrexate (MTX) therapy in German patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Based on German claims data, RA patients who received a MTX therapy (subgroup: treatment-naive patients) were analyzed. NP was defined as treatment gap >12 weeks. Regarding NA, it is the overall medication possession ratio (MPR) during an observational period of 12 or 24 months after therapy, and the MPR is calculated only for the periods of therapy continuation; NA was defined as MPR <80%...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764705/drug-survival-of-second-biological-dmard-therapy-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-retrospective-non-interventional-cohort-analysis
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Thomas Wilke, Sabrina Mueller, Sze Chim Lee, Istvan Majer, Marieke Heisen
BACKGROUND: Since persistence to first biological disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (bDMARDs) is far from ideal in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, many do receive a second and/or third bDMARD treatment. However, little is known about treatment persistence of the second-line bDMARD and it is specifically unknown whether the mode of action of such a treatment is associated with different persistence rates. We aimed to assess discontinuation-, re-initiation- or continuation-rates of a 2nd bDMARD therapy as well as switching-rates to a third biological DMARD (3rd bDMARD) therapy in RA patients...
August 2, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740368/impact-of-adherence-to-biological-agents-on-health-care-resource-utilization-for-patients-over-the-age-of-65-years-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Urja Lathia, Emmanuel M Ewara, Francois Nantel
OBJECTIVE: Poor adherence to therapy increases the patient and societal burden and complexity of chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In the past 15 years, biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) have revolutionized the treatment of RA. However, little data are available on the impact of adherence to biologics on health care resources. The objective of the study was to determine the long-term health care resource utilization patterns of RA patients who were adherent to biologic DMARD therapy compared to RA patients who were non-adherent to biologic DMARD therapy in an Ontario population and to determine factors influencing adherence...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739353/incidence-of-tuberculosis-among-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-using-tnf-blockers-in-brazil-data-from-the-brazilian-registry-of-biological-therapies-in-rheumatic-diseases-registro-brasileiro-de-monitora%C3%A3-%C3%A3-o-de-terapias-biol%C3%A3-gicas-biobadabrasil
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Claudia Leiko Yonekura, Rene Donizeti Ribeiro Oliveira, David C Titton, Roberto Ranza, Aline Ranzolin, André L Hayata, Ângela Duarte, Inês G Silveira, Hellen M da S de Carvalho, Júlio C Bertacini de Moraes, Mirhelen Mendes de Abreu, Valéria Valim, Washington Bianchi, Claiton Viegas Brenol, Ivanio A Pereira, Izaias Costa, José C Macieira, José R S Miranda, Luiz S Guedes-Barbosa, Manoel B Bertolo, Maria Fátima Lobato da C Sauma, Marília B G Silva, Marlene Freire, Morton A Scheinberg, Roberto A Toledo, Sheila K F Oliveira, Vander Fernandes, Marcelo M Pinheiro, Glaucio Castro, Walber Pinto Vieira, Cesar Emile Baaklini, Antonio Ruffino-Netto, Geraldo da Rocha Castelar Pinheiro, Ieda Maria Magalhães Laurindo, Paulo Louzada-Junior
OBJECTIVES: To assess the incidence of tuberculosis and to screen for latent tuberculosis infection among Brazilians with rheumatoid arthritis using biologics in clinical practice. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This cohort study used data from the Brazilian Registry of Biological Therapies in Rheumatic Diseases (Registro Brasileiro de Monitoração de Terapias Biológicas - BiobadaBrasil), from 01/2009 to 05/2013, encompassing 1552 treatments, including 415 with only synthetic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, 942 synthetic DMARDs combined with anti-tumor necrosis factor (etanercept, infliximab, adalimumab) and 195 synthetic DMARDs combined with other biologics (abatacept, rituximab and tocilizumab)...
July 21, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737988/patterns-of-care-for-biologic-dosing-outliers-and-nonoutliers-in-biologic-naive-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#8
Thomas Delate, Roxanne Meyer, Daniel Jenkins
BACKGROUND: Although most biologic medications for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have recommended fixed dosing, actual biologic dosing may vary among real-world patients, since some patients can receive higher (high-dose outliers) or lower (low-dose outliers) doses than what is recommended in medication package inserts. OBJECTIVE: To describe the patterns of care for biologic-dosing outliers and nonoutliers in biologic-naive patients with RA. METHODS: This was a retrospective, longitudinal cohort study of patients with RA who were not pregnant and were aged ≥ 18 and < 90 years from an integrated health care delivery system...
August 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736274/biomarkers-as-a-treatment-guide-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
#9
Tsutomu Takeuchi
It is anticipated that biomarkers support rheumatologists to judge a group of patients that can improve the diagnosis and prognosis, and further facilitate appropriate and precise treatment with targeted therapy. In particular, biomarkers for predicting and monitoring response to biological disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are demanding. Given the mechanism action of biological DMARDs is much more simple than the conventional synthetic DMARDs, a variety of approaches to find such biomarkers has been taken recent years...
July 20, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732151/patients-attitudes-and-experiences-of-disease-modifying-anti-rheumatic-drugs-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-spondyloarthritis-a-qualitative-synthesis
#10
Ayano Kelly, Kathleen Tymms, David J Tunnicliffe, Daniel Sumpton, Chandima Perera, Kieran Fallon, Jonathan C Craig, Walter Abhayaratna, Allison Tong
OBJECTIVES: Non-adherence to disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDS) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and spondyloarthritis (SpA) results in increased disease activity and symptoms and poorer quality of life. We aimed to describe patients' attitudes and experiences of DMARDs in RA and SpA to inform strategies to improve medication adherence. METHODS: Databases (MEDLINE, Embase, PsycINFO, CINAHL) were searched to January 2016. Thematic synthesis was used to analyze the findings...
July 21, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730757/psoriatic-arthritis-treatment-regimens-therapy-duration-and-reasons-for-cessation-in-the-biologics-era-a-multi-centre-australian-study
#11
Kathleen Tymms, Ayano Kelly, Paul Bird, Hedley Griffiths, Julien de Jager, Geoff Littlejohn, Sandra Louw, Lynden Roberts, Peter Youssef, Jane Zochling, Dave Nichols
AIM: To describe the treatment regimens, duration of therapy and reasons for disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) cessation in a large psoriatic arthritis (PsA) cohort. METHODS: A retrospective non-interventional multi-centre study using Audit4 electronic medical records, with de-identified, routinely collected clinical data from rheumatology practices in the OPAL consortium (Optimising Patient outcomes in Australian rheumatoLogy) during November 2015. Baseline characteristics, type and duration of conventional and biologic DMARDs (cDMARD and bDMARD, respectively), disease activity (Disease Activity Score of 28 joints C-reactive protein [DAS28-CRP]), and reasons for treatment cessation were recorded...
July 21, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728565/identification-of-differential-co-expressed-gene-networks-in-early-rheumatoid-arthritis-achieving-sustained-drug-free-remission-after-treatment-with-a-tocilizumab-based-or-methotrexate-based-strategy
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Xavier M Teitsma, Johannes W G Jacobs, Michal Mokry, Michelle E A Borm, Attila Pethö-Schramm, Jacob M van Laar, Johannes W J Bijlsma, Floris P J Lafeber
BACKGROUND: Methotrexate is endorsed to be used as first-line treatment in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, a large proportion of patients need additional treatment with a biological disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) to adequately suppress their disease activity. A better understanding of genotypes could help to distinguish between patients with different pathogenic mechanisms. The aim of this study was therefore to identify networks of genes within DMARD-naive early RA patients associated with achieving sustained drug-free remission (sDFR) after initiating tocilizumab plus methotrexate, tocilizumab, or methotrexate therapy...
July 20, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725947/clinical-heterogeneity-of-sapho-syndrome-challenging-diagnose-and-treatment
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REVIEW
Francesco Cianci, Angelo Zoli, Elisa Gremese, Gianfranco Ferraccioli
Synovitis, acne, pustulosis, hyperostosis and osteitis (SAPHO) syndrome is a rare disease which is often misdiagnosed and under-recognized, because of its peculiar and heterogeneous clinical presentation. Its main features consist of cutaneous and osteoarticular manifestations, the latter affecting more often the anterior chest wall and having typical radiologic findings. There are no validated diagnostic criteria for SAPHO and no guidelines for treatment, due mainly to its rarity; as a consequence, therapy is empirical and aimed to control pain and modifying inflammatory process...
July 19, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674959/treatment-persistence-and-clinical-outcomes-of-tumor-necrosis-factor-inhibitor-cycling-or-switching-to-a-new-mechanism-of-action-therapy-real-world-observational-study-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-in-the-united-states-with-prior-tumor-necrosis-factor-inhibitor
#14
Wenhui Wei, Keith Knapp, Li Wang, Chieh-I Chen, Gary L Craig, Karen Ferguson, Sergio Schwartzman
INTRODUCTION: To examine treatment persistence and clinical outcomes associated with switching from a tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) to a medication with a new mechanism of action (MOA) (abatacept, anakinra, rituximab, tocilizumab, or tofacitinib) versus cycling to another TNFi (adalimumab, certolizumab pegol, etanercept, golimumab, or infliximab) among patients with rheumatoid arthritis. METHODS: This retrospective, longitudinal study included patients with rheumatoid arthritis in the JointMan(®) US clinical database who received a TNFi in April 2010 or later and either cycled to a TNFi or switched to a new MOA therapy by March 2015...
July 3, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673789/efficacy-and-safety-of-biological-dmards-modulating-b-cells-in-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#15
Hind Letaief, Cédric Lukas, Thomas Barnetche, Cécile Gaujoux-Viala, Bernard Combe, Jacques Morel
OBJECTIVE: In this review, we summarise the clinical efficacy and safety of B-cell targeted therapies for primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS). METHODS: A systematic literature review was conducted using databases including MEDLINE, EMBASE and Cochrane. Only articles reporting controlled or prospective studies of b-DMARDs modulating B cells in treatment of pSS were selected. The highest-quality studies were selected for meta-analysis. The primary outcome of interest was clinical efficacy at week 24 on fatigue, dryness, Schirmer test, salivary flow rate and the full ESSDAI score including biological domain...
June 30, 2017: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666080/a-phase-3-study-evaluating-continuation-tapering-and-withdrawal-of-certolizumab-pegol-after-1-year-of-therapy-in-early-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
#16
Michael E Weinblatt, Clifton O Bingham, Gerd-Rüdiger Burmester, Vivian P Bykerk, Daniel E Furst, Xavier Mariette, Désirée van der Heijde, Ronald van Vollenhoven, Brenda Van Lunen, Cécile Ecoffet, Christopher Cioffi, Paul Emery
OBJECTIVE: For DMARD-naïve, early rheumatoid arthritis patients who achieved sustained low disease activity (sLDA; DAS28[ESR]≤3.2 at both Weeks 40 and 52) after 1 year of treatment with certolizumab pegol (CZP 200mg Q2W+optimized MTX), we evaluated whether continuation of CZP as a standard (200mg Q2W+MTX) or reduced-frequency (200mg Q4W+MTX) dose was superior to stopping CZP (placebo+MTX) in maintaining LDA for 1 additional year. METHODS: 293 patients from C-EARLY Period 1 were re-randomized 2:3:2 in Period 2 to CZP standard (n=84), reduced-frequency (n=127), CZP stopped (n=82)...
June 30, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659802/response-to-interleukin-1-inhibitors-in-140-italian-patients-with-adult-onset-still-s-disease-a-multicentre-retrospective-observational-study
#17
Serena Colafrancesco, Roberta Priori, Guido Valesini, Lorenza Argolini, Elena Baldissera, Elena Bartoloni, Daniele Cammelli, Giovanni Canestrari, Luca Cantarini, Elena Cavallaro, Giulio Cavalli, Lucia Cerrito, Paola Cipriani, Lorenzo Dagna, Ginevra De Marchi, Salvatore De Vita, Giacomo Emmi, Gianfranco Ferraccioli, Micol Frassi, Mauro Galeazzi, Roberto Gerli, Roberto Giacomelli, Elisa Gremese, Florenzo Iannone, Giovanni Lapadula, Giuseppe Lopalco, Raffaele Manna, Alessandro Mathieu, Carlomaurizio Montecucco, Marta Mosca, Ilaria Piazza, Matteo Piga, Irene Pontikaki, Micol Romano, Silvia Rossi, Maurizio Rossini, Piero Ruscitti, Elena Silvestri, Chiara Stagnaro, Rosaria Talarico, Angela Tincani, Ombretta Viapiana, Gianfranco Vitiello, Francesca Fabris, Sara Bindoli, Leonardo Punzi, Paola Galozzi, Paolo Sfriso
Background: Interleukin (IL)-1 plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of Adult onset Still's disease (AOSD). Objectives: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of anakinra (ANA) and canakinumab (CAN) in a large group of AOSD patients. Methods: Data on clinical, serological features, and concomitant treatments were retrospectively collected at baseline and after 3, 6, and 12 months from AOSD patients (Yamaguchi criteria) referred by 18 Italian centers. Pouchot's score was used to evaluate disease severity. Results: One hundred forty patients were treated with ANA; 4 were subsequently switched to CAN after ANA failure...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649878/safety-and-effectiveness-of-tacrolimus-add-on-therapy-for-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-without-an-adequate-response-to-biological-disease-modifying-anti-rheumatic-drugs-dmards-post-marketing-surveillance-in-japan
#18
Tsutomu Takeuchi, Kota Ishida, Katsuhisa Shiraki, Takashi Yoshiyasu
OBJECTIVES: Post-marketing surveillance (PMS) was conducted to assess the safety and effectiveness of tacrolimus (TAC) add-on therapy for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and an inadequate response to biological disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs). METHODS: Patients with RA from 180 medical sites across Japan were registered centrally with an electronic investigation system. The observational period was 24 weeks from the first day of TAC administration concomitantly with biological DMARDs...
June 26, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646434/performance-of-quantiferon-%C3%A2-tb-gold-in-tube-assay-in-children-receiving-disease-modifying-anti-rheumatic-drugs
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Francesca Gabriele, Maria Trachana, Maria Simitsopoulou, Polixeni Pratsidou-Gertsi, Elias Iosifidis, Zoi Dorothea Pana, Emmanuel Roilides
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the performance of the Quantiferon(®)-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-IT) interferon (IFN)-γ assay for the detection of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) in children receiving anti-rheumatic treatment in a tertiary referral hospital of Northern Greece. METHODS: A total of 79 consecutive children receiving anti-rheumatic treatment [of which 18 screened prior to antitumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α treatment] were tested using Mantoux tuberculin skin test (TST) and QFT-IT...
June 22, 2017: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644744/add-on-iguratimod-as-a-therapeutic-strategy-to-achieve-remission-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-inadequately-responding-to-biological-dmards-a-retrospective-study
#20
Ayaka Yoshikawa, Shuzo Yoshida, Yuko Kimura, Nao Tokai, Yohei Fujiki, Takuya Kotani, Yoko Matsumura, Tohru Takeuchi, Shigeki Makino
OBJECTIVES: In this study, iguratimod (IGU) was added to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients inadequately responding to 24-week or longer treatment with biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (bDMARDs), its effectiveness was assessed, and factors contributing to remission were evaluated. METHODS: RA patients who fulfilled the following criteria were included: (i) ≥ 24-week of bDMARDs; (ii) 2.6 < disease activity score (DAS) 28-erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) < 5...
June 23, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
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