Tofacitinib plus MTX was shown to be non-inferiority vs. adalimumab plus MTX, however, Xeljanz monotherapy did not meet its primary endpoint for non-inferiority vs.adalimumab plus MTX, or vs. Xeljanz plus MTX.
Researchers from the University of Calgary found moderate to high quality evidence that triple therapy with methotrexate + sulfasalazine + hydroxycholoroquine or combining methotrexate + most biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARDs) or tofacitinib demonstrated similar efficacy in controlling disease activity in methotrexate-naive patients or after an inadequate response to methotrexate.
Vaccination rates in patients with rheumatoid arthritis remain poor "despite the high rates of infectious disease-related morbidity and mortality," a review published in Clinical Opinion in Rheumatology has found.
ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting 2013
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes mellitus had no increase in mean fasting blood glucose levels after 3 months of treatment with tofacitinib, a novel oral Janus kinase inhibitor, according to a pooled analysis of five phase 3 trials reported at the 2013 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting.
Pfizer announced that the FDA has approved Xeljanz (tofacitinib citrate) tablets for the treatment of adults with moderately-to-severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who have had inadequate response or intolerance to methotrexate.