The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for Priority Review the New Drug Application (NDA) for upadacitinib (AbbVie), an investigational oral JAK1-selective inhibitor, for the treatment of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
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The clinical benefits of tofacitinib in combination with methotrexate are sustained over 2 years among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a study published online January 22 in Arthritis & Rheumatology.
The summary below gives an overview of important additions and changes MPR has made to its drug database through the end of December. The chart below provides highlights of key monograph updates made this month (not an inclusive list). Click on the name of the drugs to view the full monographs on eMPR.com. Key: D=Dosing,…
A reduction in risk for cardiovascular disease has been reported among patients with rheumatoid arthritis who are receiving concomitant therapy with methotrexate and biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs.
Although the incidence rate of venous thromboembolism was numerically higher in patients treated with tofacitinib vs TNF inhibitors, the risk was not statistically significant.
The researchers concluded their findings indicate that for patients with RA, abatacept reduced the risk for diabetes and “potentially improved insulin sensitivity and glycemic profile.”
The results support combination therapy with intra-articular steroid injections and tofacitinib to achieve clinical and radiographic remission in patients with early rapid radiographic progression RA.
Tofacitinib extended release has comparable clinical efficacy to tofacitinib administered twice daily.
Patients treated with JAK inhibitors for rheumatoid arthritis may be less likely to have low disease activity if they are obese compared with those who are overweight.
Among a new line of biological and targeted synthetic DMARD, ustekinumab and secukinumab have shown favorable safety and efficacy profiles for psoriasis and arthritis, respectively in patients with psoriatic arthritis.