A team of researchers led by the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute Diabetes Center’s Scientific Director Decio L. Eizirik, MD, PhD, has found that identifying new treatments for autoimmune diseases requires studying together the immune system AND target tissues.
In diseases characterized by bone loss -such as periodontitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis- there is a lot that scientists still don’t understand. What is the role of the immune response in the process? What happens to the regulatory mechanisms that protect bone?
A clinical trial involving COVID-19 patients hospitalized at UT Health San Antonio and University Health, among roughly 100 sites globally, found that a combination of the drugs baricitinib and remdesivir reduced time to recovery, according to results published Dec. 11 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Diplomat Pharmacy has begun filling prescriptions for Kevzara (sarilumab) for patients with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The announcement comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approving the therapy in May. The agency authorized Kevzara for adults with RA who failed to responded to, or were unable to tolerate, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) such as methotrexate […]
Results of a recent study showed that biological therapy regimens, such as Enbrel (etanercept), Humira (adalimumab), Remicade (infliximab), Simponi (golimumab), or Cimzia (certolizumab), are less cost-effective compared to DMARD combination in triple therapy with Azulfidine (sulfasalazine), Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine), and Trexall (methotrexate) in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Importantly, this triple therapy also was found to be […]
Active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients whose response to methotrexate (MTX) therapy was insufficient showed improvement when MTX was combined with filgotinib, an investigational JAK–1 inhibitor, according to results of a Phase 2b clinical trial. The study titled, “Filgotinib (GLPG0634/GS-6034), an oral JAK1 selective inhibitor, is effective in combination with methotrexate (MTX) in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis […]
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients taking Remicade (infliximab) can safely switch to CT-P13 (developed by Celltrion) — a much cheaper biosimilar of Remicade — according to a Norwegian study published in The Lancet. The study, “Switching from originator infliximab to biosimilar CT-P13 compared with maintained treatment with originator infliximab (NOR-SWITCH): a 52-week, randomised, double-blind, non-inferiority trial,” was funded by […]
Can-Fite BioPharma has filed a clinical trial application (CTA) with Health Canada for piclidenoson (CF101) as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Piclidenoson is an orally bioavailable drug with a favorable therapeutic index that is under development for the treatment of autoimmune inflammatory diseases like RA and psoriasis. It’s a new, first-in-class A3 adenosine receptor agonist (A3AR). […]
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has accepted a marketing authorization application from generic pharmaceuticals developer Sandoz for the review of biosimilars for AbbVie’s Humira (adalimumab) and Janssen’s Remicade (infliximab), used in the treatment of autoimmune diseases. Remicade is widely used for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) therapy. Biosimilars are biopharmaceutical drugs that have similar properties to other licensed therapies. Sandoz announced the […]
Group-based quality improvement sessions, based on the recommended “treat to target” (TTT) approach, can help rheumatologists improve the quality of their care for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, a recent study suggests. Results of the study, “Implementation of Treat to Target in Rheumatoid Arthritis through a Learning Collaborative: Results of the TRACTION Randomized Controlled Trial,” were […]