Rheumatology

Rituximab has previously been shown to be effective at doses of 1000 mg in treating patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who had previously received other biologic agents. Research presented at the European League Against Rheumatism's Annual European Congress of Rheumatology demonstrates that using lower doses of biosimilar rituximab—which may provide a substantial cost savings—is also effective.
At the European League Against Rheumatism Annual European Congress of Rheumatology, researchers presented findings on 3 studies in which patients switched to a biosimilar etanercept molecule from the reference Enbrel.
This week, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) released a new position statement on the importance of pharmacovigilance and the critical need to continue monitoring new drugs after they reach the market.
During the European League Against Rheumatism’s Annual European Congress of Rheumatology, held from June 13-16 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, researchers presented findings on adalimumab biosimilars, referencing Humira.
 
At the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR)'s Annual European Congress of Rheumatology, held from June 13-16 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, researchers reported on Biocad’s Russian-authorized biosimilar infliximab, BCD-055, and on switches to the widely approved infliximab biosimilar CT-P13 (Inflectra, Remsima).
During the European League Against Rheumatism’s Annual European Congress of Rheumatology, researchers published findings on the economic impacts of nonmedical switching; while 1 study found that switching to biosimilar infliximab brought down costs without sacrificing efficacy or safety, but another raised concerns about increases in overall healthcare utilization.
If European League Against Rheumatism guidelines are followed, when a patient with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) does not reach remission or a state of low disease activity after 6 months of treatment, then the patient’s treatment should be modified regardless of the drug therapy being used (biologic or small molecule).
Two biosimilar developers today announced that they have received positive opinions for products from the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP).
Boehringer Ingelheim’s (BI) adalimumab biosimilar, Cyltezo, can be successfully self-administered—via auto-injector—by most patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
While it is already known that obesity may contribute to an increased risk developing some immune-mediated inflammatory diseases, as well as more severe disease activity and a higher burden of hospitalization, a new review found that obesity is also a predictor of inferior response to anti–tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) agents.
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