Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019

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Good Pregnancy Outcomes for DMARD Exposed JIA Patients

A study of pregnancy outcomes in 98 women with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) who were exposed to DMARDs shows no increased risk of major adverse pregnancy outcomes.

A total of 152 pregnancies in 98 women with JIA and 39 pregnancies involving 21 male patients as partners were reviewed. The majority had a polyarticular JIA (61%). The average age at first pregnancy was 24.1 years, and their mean disease duration was 13.8 years.

Autoantibodies Don't Disappear With Remission in RA

Immunologic remission in rheumatoid arthritis, defined as the disappearance of anti-citrullinated protein antibodies and rheumatoid factor, was seen infrequently among patients achieving sustained clinical remission and did not correlate with the disappearance of symptoms, a long-term Dutch study found.

Skyrizi Outduels Humira in Psoriasis

A head-to-head trial has shown that risankizumab was significantly superior to adalimumab in providing skin clearance (PASI90) in patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis, with no difference in safety signals between the two agents.

Upadacitinib (RINVOQ) FDA Approved for Rheumatoid Arthritis

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday, August 16, approved AbbVie JAK1 inhibitor, Rinvoq (upadacitinib) for adults with  rheumatoid arthritis with moderately to severely active disease either not responding to, or intolerant of, methotrexate (MTX). 

RheumNow Podcast – Antibiotics Increase RA Risk (8.16.19)

Dr. Jack Cush reports the news and important journal articles from the past week on RheumNow.com.

Updated CDC Recommendation for Serologic Diagnosis of Lyme Disease

Serologic testing is the principal means of laboratory diagnosis of Lyme disease. Current recommendations include using a sensitive enzyme immunoassay (EIA) or immunofluorescence assay, followed by a western immunoblot assay for specimens yielding positive or equivocal results. On July 29, 2019, the Food and Drug Administration cleared several Lyme disease serologic assays with new indications for use, allowing for an EIA rather than western immunoblot assay as the second test in a Lyme disease testing algorithm. Thus, serologic assays that utilize a second EIA in place of western immunoblot assay are acceptable alternatives for the serologic diagnosis of Lyme disease.

Rise in Fatty Liver Disease Linked to Obesity and Diabetes

Gut has published population results from NHANES population study showing that the prevalence of fatty liver disease is rising in the US and is driven by obesity and diabetes.

Trends in Inflammatory Arthritis Care in Germany

The German National Database (NDB) has reviewed their experience in the care and quality of life of inflammatory rheumatic disease patients snce 1993, showing improved use of metrics, improved outcomes and a changing profile of biologic and anti-rheumatic drug use.  

With Autoimmunity, Checkpoint Inhibitors Can Be Used

Among patients with pre-existing autoimmune diseases who developed cancer and were treated with immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICI), flares of the underlying disease and other immune-related adverse events were common, a retrospective study conducted in France showed.

Bisphosphonate Use Associated with Reduced Mortality

The Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (JBMR) has published a report showing that a reduction in the rate of bone loss by nitrogen bisphosphonates was associated with a 40% lower mortality risk.

Accelerated bone loss has been shown to be an independent predictor of mortality risk, but the relationship between bisphosphonates, bone loss, and mortality is unknown.

War on RA – Part 4: Desperado – Time to Open the Gate

Do you know what the best-selling album of all time is? Could it be Bing Crosby? U2? Fleetwood Mac? AC/DC? I know, it’s Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” right? Actually it’s the Eagles Greatest Hits – it surpassed Jackson’s Thriller in August 2019 as the best-selling with a total of 36 million copies sold since it was released in 1976. Wait! Are we not Rheumatologists? Aren’t we supposed to be discussing rheumatoid arthritis?

Enbrel Patent Battle Won by Amgen

The ugly, legal, financial underbelly of US biosimilar drug development showed up in court last Friday, when a U.S. judge upheld two of Amgen's patents for Enbrel, thwarting a legal challenge by Novartis/Sandoz over its etanercept-szzs biosimilar, Erelzi. 

Sandoz won FDA approval for their etanercept biosimilar in 2016, but has not been able to market Erelzi because of Amgen’s extended patent protection (till 2029).