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Vibeke Strand, Eun Bong Lee, Roy Fleischmann, Rieke E Alten, Tamas Koncz, Samuel H Zwillich, David Gruben, Bethanie Wilkinson, Sriram Krishnaswami, Gene Wallenstein
OBJECTIVES: To compare patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in methotrexate (MTX)-naive patients (defined as no prior treatment or ≤3 doses) receiving tofacitinib versus MTX. METHODS: In the 24-month, phase III, randomised, controlled, ORAL Start trial (NCT01039688), patients were randomised 2:2:1 to receive tofacitinib 5 mg two times per day (n=373), tofacitinib 10 mg two times per day (n=397) or MTX (n=186). PROs assessed included Patient Global Assessment of disease (PtGA), pain, Health Assessment Questionnaire-Disability Index (HAQ-DI), Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy-Fatigue (FACIT-F) and health-related quality of life (Short Form-36 [SF-36])...
2016: RMD Open
Ming-Zhi Zhang, Xin Wang, Yinqiu Wang, Aolei Niu, Suwan Wang, Chenhang Zou, Raymond C Harris
Cytokines IL-4 and IL-13 play important roles in polarization of macrophages/dendritic cells to an M2 phenotype, which is important for recovery from acute kidney injury. Both IL-4 and IL-13 activate JAK3/STAT6 signaling. In mice with diphtheria toxin receptor expression in proximal tubules (selective injury model), a relatively selective JAK3 inhibitor, tofacitinib, led to more severe kidney injury, delayed recovery from acute kidney injury, increased inflammatory M1 phenotype markers and decreased reparative M2 phenotype markers of macrophages/dendritic cells, and development of more severe renal fibrosis after diphtheria toxin administration...
October 10, 2016: Kidney International
R Fleischmann, P J Mease, S Schwartzman, L-J Hwang, K Soma, C A Connell, L Takiya, E Bananis
Tofacitinib is an oral Janus kinase inhibitor for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This post hoc analysis investigated the effect of methotrexate (MTX) dose on the efficacy of tofacitinib in patients with RA. ORAL Scan (NCT00847613) was a 2-year, randomized, Phase 3 trial evaluating tofacitinib in MTX-inadequate responder (IR) patients with RA. Patients received tofacitinib 5 or 10 mg twice daily (BID), or placebo, with low (≤12.5 mg/week), moderate (>12.5 to <17.5 mg/week), or high (≥17...
October 12, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
Shotaro Ando, Jun-Ichi Kawada, Takahiro Watanabe, Michio Suzuki, Yoshitaka Sato, Yuka Torii, Masato Asai, Fumi Goshima, Takayuki Murata, Norio Shimizu, Yoshinori Ito, Hiroshi Kimura
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infects not only B cells, but also T cells and natural killer (NK) cells, and is associated with T or NK cell lymphoma. These lymphoid malignancies are refractory to conventional chemotherapy. We examined the activation of the JAK3/STAT5 pathway in EBV-positive and -negative B, T and NK cell lines and in cell samples from patients with EBV-associated T cell lymphoma. We then evaluated the antitumor effects of the selective JAK3 inhibitor, tofacitinib, against these cell lines in vitro and in a murine xenograft model...
October 8, 2016: Oncotarget
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
Kim A Papp, Robert Bissonnette, Melinda Gooderham, Steven R Feldman, Lars Iversen, Jennifer Soung, Zoe Draelos, Carla Mamolo, Vivek Purohit, Cunshan Wang, William C Ports
BACKGROUND: Most psoriasis patients have mild to moderate disease, commonly treated topically. Current topical agents have limited efficacy and undesirable side effects associated with long-term use. Tofacitinib is a small molecule Janus kinase inhibitor investigated for the topical treatment of psoriasis. METHODS: This was a 12-week, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, vehicle-controlled Phase 2b study of tofacitinib ointment (2 % and 1 %) applied once (QD) or twice (BID) daily in adults with mild to moderate plaque psoriasis...
October 3, 2016: BMC Dermatology
Ana Karina Alves de Medeiros, Reinhart Speeckaert, Eline Desmet, Mireille Van Gele, Sofie De Schepper, Jo Lambert
The recent interest and elucidation of the JAK/STAT signaling pathway created new targets for the treatment of inflammatory skin diseases (ISDs). JAK inhibitors in oral and topical formulations have shown beneficial results in psoriasis and alopecia areata. Patients suffering from other ISDs might also benefit from JAK inhibition. Given the development of specific JAK inhibitors, the expression patterns of JAKs in different ISDs needs to be clarified. We aimed to analyze the expression of JAK/STAT family members in a set of prevalent ISDs: psoriasis, lichen planus (LP), cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE), atopic dermatitis (AD), pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) and alopecia areata (AA) versus healthy controls for (p)JAK1, (p)JAK2, (p)JAK3, (p)TYK2, pSTAT1, pSTAT2 and pSTAT3...
2016: PloS One
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
Robert E Chapin, Douglas J Ball, Zaher A Radi, Steven W Kumpf, Petra H Koza-Taylor, David M Potter, W Mark Vogel
Tofacitinib is an oral Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Tofacitinib preferentially inhibits receptor signaling through JAK3 and JAK1, relative to JAK2. In the 2-year rat carcinogenicity study, there were tofacitinib, dose-related increases in the incidences of testicular Leydig cell hyperplasia and benign adenomas in male rats, and decreased incidences of mammary tumors and duct dilatation/galactocele in female rats. Such findings in rats are typical of agents, such as dopamine agonists, which decrease prolactin (PRL) activity...
October 5, 2016: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
Makoto Naganuma, Shinta Mizuno, Kosaku Nanki, Shinya Sugimoto, Takanori Kanai
Recently, several medical treatments for ulcerative colitis (UC) have been developed, including 5-aminosalicylic acids (5-ASAs), corticosteroids, thiopurine, calcineurin inhibitors, and anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) α treatments. Treatment options including calcineurin inhibitors and anti-TNF treatment for refractory UC are discussed in this article. Furthermore, upcoming treatments are introduced, such as golimumab, vedolizumab, AJM300, tofacitinib. Budesonide foamwill be used as one treatment option in patients with distal colitis...
October 3, 2016: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
Milène Kennedy Crispin, Justin M Ko, Brittany G Craiglow, Shufeng Li, Gautam Shankar, Jennifer R Urban, James C Chen, Jane E Cerise, Ali Jabbari, Mårten C G Winge, M Peter Marinkovich, Angela M Christiano, Anthony E Oro, Brett A King
BACKGROUND: Alopecia areata (AA) is an autoimmune disease characterized by hair loss mediated by CD8(+) T cells. There are no reliably effective therapies for AA. Based on recent developments in the understanding of the pathomechanism of AA, JAK inhibitors appear to be a therapeutic option; however, their efficacy for the treatment of AA has not been systematically examined. METHODS: This was a 2-center, open-label, single-arm trial using the pan-JAK inhibitor, tofacitinib citrate, for AA with >50% scalp hair loss, alopecia totalis (AT), and alopecia universalis (AU)...
September 22, 2016: JCI Insight
Steven R Feldman, Diamant Thaçi, Melinda Gooderham, Matthias Augustin, Claudia de la Cruz, Lotus Mallbris, Marjorie Buonanno, Svitlana Tatulych, Mandeep Kaur, Shuping Lan, Hernan Valdez, Carla Mamolo
BACKGROUND: Tofacitinib is an oral Janus kinase inhibitor that improves clinical measures of psoriasis. OBJECTIVE: We sought to assess patient-reported outcomes in tofacitinib-treated patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis over 52 weeks. METHODS: In 2 identical, phase III studies (Oral treatment for Psoriasis Trial Pivotal 1 [NCT01276639], n = 901, and Pivotal 2 [NCT01309737], n = 960), patients were randomized 2:2:1 to receive 5 or 10 mg of tofacitinib or placebo, twice daily...
September 28, 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
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
Gary Goldenberg, Julien Lanoue, Joanna Dong
Conventional oral therapies for psoriasis, including methotrexate, cyclosporine, and acitretin, have generally unfavorable safety profiles and are not ideal for long-standing use. Thus, new oral therapies are necessary for patients with more moderate disease, patients who prefer oral treatments to injectable biologies, and patients who failed conventional therapies. The authors review here the clinical and safety evidence of phosphodiesterase 4 inhibitor, apremilast, janus kinase inhibitors, including tofacitinib, and fumarie acid esters as additional options in oral psoriasis therapy...
August 2016: Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
Sunina Nathoo, William A Hood, Sara Keihanian, Amy L Collinsworth, Sarah C Glover
BACKGROUND: Esophageal Crohn's disease is reported as a rare manifestation, although its prevalence may be underestimated because upper endoscopies are not routinely performed in asymptomatic adults. Tofacitinib, an oral janus kinase inhibitor, is a new biologic that has shown promise in the treatment of ulcerative colitis and may be effective in the treatment of Crohn's disease according to phase 2 trials. We report the first case of esophageal Crohn's disease successfully treated with tofacitinib in a patient with worsening symptoms despite maintenance therapy with a tumor necrosis factor-α inhibitor...
2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Robert B M Landewé, Carol A Connell, John D Bradley, Bethanie Wilkinson, David Gruben, Sander Strengholt, Désirée van der Heijde
BACKGROUND: The detection of statistically significant reductions in radiographic progression during clinical studies in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has become increasingly difficult over the past decade due to early-escape study designs and declining rates of progression in control-group patients. We investigated the impact of extremes of radiographic data (outliers) and baseline prognostic factors on detection of treatment effects, to provide guidance on future analysis of joint structural data in RA clinical trials...
2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Craig L Leonardi
Acitretin is an older, oral, non-immunosuppressive medication for the treatment of psoriasis. Tofacitinib is an oral Janus kinase inhibitor that has been studied for use in psoriasis. Each offers efficacy in certain settings and patient types but carries substantial safety risks. Semin Cutan Med Surg 35(supp4):S65-S66.
June 2016: Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
C E M Griffiths, R Vender, H Sofen, L Kircik, H Tan, S T Rottinghaus, M Bachinsky, L Mallbris, C Mamolo
BACKGROUND: Tofacitinib is an oral Janus kinase inhibitor being investigated for psoriasis. A Phase 3 withdrawal/re-treatment study (NCT01186744; OPT Retreatment) showed tofacitinib re-treatment was effective in patients with chronic plaque psoriasis. OBJECTIVES: To describe the effects of tofacitinib withdrawal/re-treatment on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and disease symptoms measured by patient-reported outcomes (PROs). METHODS: The study was divided into initial treatment, treatment withdrawal, and re-treatment periods...
September 7, 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Lindsay Claxton, Michelle Jenks, Matthew Taylor, Gene Wallenstein, Alan M Mendelsohn, Jeffrey A Bourret, Amitabh Singh, Dermot Moynagh, Robert A Gerber
BACKGROUND: Tofacitinib is an oral Janus kinase inhibitor for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Tofacitinib is approved in the United States for use in adults with moderately to severely active RA and an inadequate response or intolerance to methotrexate. OBJECTIVES: To (a) evaluate, using an economic model, the treatment costs of an RA strategy including tofacitinib, compared with adalimumab, etanercept, certolizumab and tocilizumab biologic RA treatment strategies, which are commonly prescribed in the United States, and (b) assess the economic impact of monotherapy and combination therapy in patients who had an inadequate response to methotrexate therapy (MTX-IR analysis) and to combination therapy in patients who had an inadequate response to a tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNF-IR analysis)...
September 2016: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
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