Treatment with the biosimilar, the investigators concluded, resulted in comparable, maintained quality of life improvements that were not impacted by a switch from the reference product.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has a considerable economic burden, and costly biologics, are often restricted to cases in which patients fail to respond adequately to methotrexate or other conventional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, which may be difficult for some patients to tolerate.
The switch included patients with rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis who were treated at a single center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
AbbVie announced today that it has settled its patent litigation with Boehringer Ingelheim over adalimumab. 
Cost-effectiveness models for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) first emerged in the early 2000s when highly effective but also high-cost biologic therapies began to reach patients. However, these health technology assessment (HTA) models need improvement, a recent paper says.
Despite potential benefits of biosimilar adoption in terms of both patient access and healthcare system sustainability, and despite ongoing efforts at patient and provider education on biosimilars, stakeholders may continue to have concerns about perceived risks with switching. A new review of the available literature on switching—from randomized controlled trials and real-world evidence—sought to address those concerns, and said that additional education and ongoing real-world evidence collection will be necessary to increasing stakeholder comfort with these agents.
With additional biosimilars expected to reach the market later this year and beyond, Canada has made another move to foster biosimilar adoption with 2 recent developments.
Fresenius Kabi, maker of the EU-authorized biosimilar adalimumab, Idacio, has launched its product in Germany. Fresenius Kabi has made the biosimilar available for sale in pre-filled syringe, pre-filled pen, and vial presentations.
The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the Arthritis Foundation (AF) released guidelines for treating 2 subtypes of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), which affects nearly 300,000 children in the United States. One guideline discusses therapeutic approaches for non-systemic polyarthritis, sacroiliitis, and enthesitis; the other focuses on the screening, monitoring, and treatment of JIA with associated uveitis. The second guideline focuses on uveitis, which can be a chronic or acute disease.  
Functional disabilities start to appear in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) 1 to 2 years before diagnosis, signaling that earlier diagnosis and more aggressive treatment may lessen the burden of disease, according to a study released today.

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