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A large-scale genetic study, in combination with information from electronic health records (EHRs), identified new human leukocyte antigen (HLA) associations with several immune conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. The findings were reported in the study “Phenome-wide scanning identifies multiple diseases and disease severity phenotypes associated with HLA variants,” and published in the journal Science […]

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). […]

A potential treatment for moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis, sirukumab, is under consideration by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approval, with the application supported by results from five Phase 3 clinical trials. Johnson & Johnson (J&J) one of the companies developing sirukumab — through its subsidiary Janssen, working with GlaxoSmithKline — said in a recent business review statement that it anticipates approval […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]