Methotrexate may be a rheumatologist’s best friend, but a key part of counselling any patient about its use has always been the risk of hepatotoxicity. Despite methotrexate’s near-ubiquitous use in rheumatology, and the consequent frequency of patient counselling about it, relatively littleRead Article
Pulmonary complications in the setting of Still's disease (juvenile and adult) has seldom but consistently been reported, including reports of pneumonitis, pulmonary hypertension and a severe or fatal lung disease, often associated with hypersensitivity to anticytokine therapy. A multicenterRead Article
Since the start of the pandemic, hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) was forced into the limelight for the prevention/treatment of COVID-19. When it was found to be ineffective for COVID-19 and might cause potential harm, the drug came under closer scrutiny for its safety profile.Read Article
Growing awareness of spondyloarthropathies over the last two decades has led to a better understanding of the pathophysiology of spondyloarthritis, and subsequently increased interest in more distinct, disease state specific treatment options.Read Article
It is almost a year since the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine has been made available by the FDA under emergency use authorization (EUA). The question still being asked is whether the vaccine is safe for people with lupus?
It is worth noting that the Phase III randomisedRead Article
Surely you’ve seen this or been plagued by this patient, one that is not doing well, in need of a new regimen; you outline it, timeline it, define the side effects and send them off with a new prescription.. But you later find out they did not change, did not fill the prescription. Why wereRead Article
Methotrexate (MTX) remains one of our most used and reliable tools against a variety of rheumatic diseases, including PsA. When the time comes, as it often does, to escalate from a MTX-monotherapy approach, we have several options. In clinic, initiation of these other medications has often beenRead Article
Safety comparisons of JAKi (tofacitinib) vs. TNFi from Oral Surveillance showed that, in patients with active RA on MTX and aged >50 years with one or more CV risk factors, that there was numerically more MACE events, malignancies, and VTE especially in higher dose.Read Article
The ACR 2021 meeting has concluded. Dr. Jack Cush recounts a few more great abstracts from this past week’s virtual meeting.Read Article
The REDO trial presented data in abstract 1443 in an oral presentation challenging how low we can go with rituximab for rheumatoid arthritis. Their study randomized 118 patients with rheumatoid arthritis to 1000 mg, 500 mg, and "ultra-low" dose 200 mg.Read Article
Should we start considering therapeutic drug monitoring when prescribing TNFi for treatment of our rheumatologic conditions?
The NOR-DRUM trials (A and B) are the first randomized trials to assess the impact of proactive therapeutic drug monitoring of infliximab in the treatment ofRead Article