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Efficacy and Safety of JAK Inhibitors in Psoriatic Disease

Sep 28, 2022

There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating efficacy and safety of JAK inhibitors in patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, according to a systematic review in BMC Rheumatology.

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Are We Overcautious With TNF Inhibitors in Pregnancy?

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Sep 27, 2022

What may seem like a prudent approach to treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in pregnant women actually represents an overabundance of caution, suggested researchers who found no increased risk from tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors.

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IL-18 is a proinflammatory cytokine involved in innate &adaptive immune responses. IL-18 is a key mediator in autoinflammatory diseases, MAS, Still’s disease. Serum IL-18 levels may be useful in diagnosis and monitoring of disease activity https://t.co/IB9CwbILD9 https://t.co/TWNnjJyR2Z
RINOMAX Trial studied single dose of 500 mg rituximab IV in myasthenia gravis - 47 MG pts randomized to RTX or PBO, after 4 mos RTX response (71% vs 29%) superior to PBO. Further studies are needed https://t.co/ffko7uMpk7
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Heavy Metal Rheumatology (9.23.2022)

Sep 23, 2022

Below are this week’s highlights from RheumNow, as discussed by Dr. Jack Cush. Thanks to all of you for your kind comments and great reviews of our weekly podcast. Please let us know how we can improve by emailing me or recording your suggestion using the "Ask Cush Anything" link on our website

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Is PMR the Next Indication for Tocilizumab? About half of patients with steroid-dependent PMR were able to get off steroids altogether when they were started on tocilizumab (Actemra) infusions, a randomized phase III trial showed. https://t.co/LUMG4NnZzs https://t.co/zdFacyYyud
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Is PMR the Next Indication for Tocilizumab?

MedPage Today
Sep 21, 2022

About half of patients with steroid-dependent polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) were able to get off steroids altogether when they were started on tocilizumab (Actemra) infusions, which also improved disease control in most cases, a randomized phase III trial showed.



In a 24-week study, 49

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EMA has approved 86 biosimilar medicines since 2006 and has issued a harmonizing statement for EU countries that biosimilars are interchangeable with their reference medicine or with an equivalent biosimilar. https://t.co/ajsP1ulZTQ
534 PsA & 470 AS pts (SERENA study) on Secukinumab for avg of ~88wks - 5.8% PsA & 8.9% AS pts had sudden stop of SEC (for avg ~25wks) (reasons? Mostly AE 58% or pt decision 10%). While TJC & SJC increased, dz control returned w/ restarting SEC https://t.co/GFxj3b06Ra https://t.co/B2ubakq8Ql
The 2022 ACR abstracts are published and posted for you. Let the Learning begin! https://t.co/ZqMAc8jV3U https://t.co/3iCGnzsPI5
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First In Class, TYK2 Inhibitor FDA Approved for Psoriasis

Sep 12, 2022

Deucravacitinib (Sotyktu), a first-in-class, oral, selective, allosteric tyrosine kinase 2 (TYK2) inhibitor, is the only approved TYK2 inhibitor worldwide and the first innovation in oral treatment for moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis in nearly 10 years.

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FDA has approved SPEVIGO® (spesolimab-sbzo) an IV injection - the first-approved treatment option for generalized pustular psoriasis (GPP) FLARES. Spesolimab is an interleukin-36 receptor antagonist. https://t.co/zmuB1tyw9W https://t.co/bJiQB5qJNl
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Does Fibromyalgia Need B12? (9.9.2022)

Sep 09, 2022

Can we predict the bad outcomes? Like when ITP evolves into SLE; or when psoriasis will develop arthritis; or if Sjogren's will develop lymphoma? Let's dive in and review these journal reports and this past week's news from RheumNow.com.

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Rheums! Have a Rheumatology question or case for Jack Cush? Record it here and we may feature it on an upcoming podcast. Tell us your name and where you practice rheumatology. https://t.co/1aSrRsLkel https://t.co/gmh155ty6w
STARTER study looked at US in 256 RA pts completed the study & were Rx w/ biologics csDMARDS or combination DMARDs. Pts w/ US grey scal or power doppler tenosynovitis better controlled in combination DMARDs than csDMARDs alone (p:0.025) https://t.co/MXLVoIxzmw https://t.co/8N5aV3vAA0
Nintedinib has been studied in 39 children (6–17 yrs) with fibrosing ILD demonstrating pharmacokinetics (wt based dosing) and safety. Adjusted mean changes in FVC % at week 24 were 0.3 with nintedanib and −0.9 with placebo https://t.co/yQ7OREzpTR https://t.co/iylG9BZiz4
FDA has approved SPEVIGO® (spesolimab-sbzo) an IV injection - the first-approved treatment option for generalized pustular psoriasis (GPP) FLARES. Spesolimab is an interleukin-36 receptor antagonist. https://t.co/izmExVCvfQ https://t.co/FELKR70UMv
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Goofy But True

Sep 02, 2022

Dr. Jack Cush discusses declining survival rates in the USA, FDA approvals of new COVID subvariant boosters and other odd and possibly true new research reports from the past week on RheumNow.com.




  1. After historic drop in 2020 (COVID), life expectancy in USA dropped again,

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Olokizumab, another IL-6 Inhibitor for RA

Aug 25, 2022

This week's NEJM has published the efficacy results of a large phase 3 trial of olokizumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody that directly targets IL-6 in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

This is in contrast to two other marketed IL-6 inhibitors (sarilumab, tocilizumab) that bind to the IL-6

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Rituximab Efficacy in Systemic Sclerosis The DESIRES trial studied rituximab (RTX) in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) and showed clinically significant improvement in skin and lung outcomes after a subsequent 24-week open-label extension phase.https://t.co/8wWrt8GQ5v https://t.co/CIQKUyngN5
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Managing JDM with Calcinosis

Aug 19, 2022

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and journal reports from this past week on RheumNow and discusses a case of refractory juvenile dermatomyositis with calcinosis.




  1. CDC report of fungal infx in US 2019 - coccidioidomycosis (20,061), histoplasmosis (1,124) & blastomycosis (240

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Rituximab Efficacy in Systemic Sclerosis

Aug 18, 2022

The DESIRES trial studied rituximab (RTX) in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) and showed clinically significant improvement in skin and lung outcomes after a subsequent 24-week open-label extension phase.

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Rheums! Do you have a rheumatology question or case for Jack Cush? Record it here and we may feature it on an upcoming podcast. Tell us your name and where you practice rheumatology. https://t.co/cvmbzknQqA https://t.co/6mX5eRUNuU
Biosimilar switching is due to costs, formulary, relocation. Study of 23 studies, 3657 pts found only observational data, no RCTs. Ref product to biosimilar usually RCTs; Biosimilar switches usually real world evidence w/ good efficacy & no new risks. https://t.co/odAYHdbVd1 https://t.co/BabkVYsMBL
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