Friday, 16 Nov 2018

News

Should Immunoglobulins be Monitored with Rituximab Use?

Boston researchers have found that in a large cohort study of patients receiving rituximab (RTX), most were not being monitored for hypogammaglobulinemia, despite the observed significant increase in severe infections and increased mortality in RTX treated patients.

Musculoskeletal Events with Statin Use

Analysis of the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System data examined the association between statins' musculoskeletal adverse events (MAEs).

Review of the data shows that atorvastatin and rosuvastatin (with strong low‐density lipoprotein cholesterol‐lowering effects) had a higher risk and a faster onset of MAEs when compared with simvastatin.

They could not detect whether concomitant drugs shifted the onset timing of MAEs. 

Guidelines for Patellofemoral Pain

New recommendations have been published in the Journal of Athletic Training on the management of patellofemoral pain (PFP).

IgG4-Related Disease: First Draft Criteria Presented at ACR 2018

As Dr. John Stone, MD, MPH recounted in his presentation regarding the new ACR/EULAR Classification Criteria for IgG4-Related Disease (IgG4-RD), only 15 years prior, IgG4-related disease was an unknown entity in the medical community.

Low Short-Term Risks of NSAIDs in High Risk Patients

JAMA has published a large Canadian claims-based study showing that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) use in patients with hypertension, heart failure, or chronic kidney disease was not associated with a significant safety risk - but this only looked at short-term outcomes (7-37 days of exposure). 

Controversial New Super Opioid Approved by FDA

Amidst a new DEA report demonstrating a record number of opioid overdose deaths (n-72,000 or ~ 200 deaths per day), the FDA has approved a newer and far more potent opioid than those that are currently being abused at alarming rates. The new agent is named Dsuvia.

Late Breaker: Can Tanezumab Be Revived for OA?

The monoclonal antibody tanezumab, which blocks nerve growth factor, showed significant benefits in pain and function among patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee or hip, and rates of severe adverse joint events such as rapidly progressive OA that had plagued earlier studies were low, a researcher reported at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in Chicago last week.

RheumNow Week in Review – The Heart Attack Report (11.2.18)

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

Ixekizumab COAST-V Trial Wins in Axial Spondyloarthritis

Lancet has published the results of a study showing that ixekizumab (an IL-17A inhibitor) yielded significant clinical benefit and radiographic protection when given to NSAID treated patients with radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (AxSpA).

Update on Checkpoint Inhibitor Safety

“Autoimmunity is the Achilles heel of onco-immunotherapy” per Dr. Leonard Calabrese, which leaves a dilemma for rheumatologists. Onco-immunotherapy induces immune dysregulation to allow patients to develop an immune response to their cancer cells. An unfortunate side effect for patients taking onco-immunotherapy is often autoimmune-like diseases referred to as immune adverse reactions (irAEs). Studies in France and the United States have shown that irAEs can be a good prognostic sign, suggesting these therapies are working. Rheumatology is faced with new problems as onco-immunotherapies may induce new chronic diseases in multiple different forms secondary to the treatment.

Doubling Down on IL-17 In Psoriatic Arthritis

The monoclonal antibody bimekizumab, which neutralizes both interleukin (IL)-17A and 17F, was effective for both musculoskeletal and skin outcomes in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in a phase IIb study.

A New Era? JAK inhibitors in the Management of RA

ACR 2018 has come and gone. It was a conference filled with a number of highlights. One thing from this conference which really stood out was the continued plethora of data on JAK inhibitors. First in RA, and now in psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis.