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FDA Recommends Approval of Tofacitinib
Pfizer Inc. announced that the Arthritis Advisory Committee to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted 8-2 to recommend approval of the investigational agent tofacitinib for the treatment of adult patients with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Shows Positive Results
Roche announced that the SUMMACTA study met its primary endpoint, showing comparable efficacy of the subcutaneous (SC) formulation of RoACTEMRA ( tocilizumab , known as ACTEMRA outside Europe) 162 mg weekly compared to 8 mg/kg RoACTEMRA intravenous (IV) formulation every 4 weeks.
High Infection Risk in Kids with RA
For many children with rheumatoid arthritis, drug treatment is one of the few ways to stop the pain. Some of these medications, however, may be raising patients' risk of infection.
Arthritis Anxiety
Arthritis affects an estimated 50 million people in the United States alone. Physical joint pain may not be the only negative effect, psychological disorders may accompany arthritis as well.
Why Do Women with RA Start Treatment Later?
If there is one thing that makes us different from one another, it is our gender. For whatever reason, diseases can affect women differently than men. Doctors may need to consider this when choosing treatment.
Gone With Rofecoxib, gut Risk the Same
Sometimes, your body can react negatively when you stop taking certain drugs. If a drug gets pulled off the market, you may have no choice but to stop.
Defining Arthritis
Arthritis in its many forms is the leading cause of chronic disability in the United States, encompassing a wide variety of complaints focusing on joint pain. If you notice pain, redness, and swelling in your joints, it's important to see a physician, as the arthritis could be a consequence of another disorder.
HPV and Arthritis in Mexican Woman
Lately, the question around human papillomavirus (HPV) is whether adolescent girls should be required to get vaccinated. While some girls and parents may opt out of vaccination, others might think twice if they knew their risk was high.
Treat Arthritis, Battle Diabetes Risk
Steroids used to treat rheumatoid arthritis have been linked to the development of diabetes. Now, scientists may have pinpointed a steroid dose that treats arthritis without increasing the risk of diabetes.
RA Knocks the Heart Offbeat
Joint pain is not the only thing rheumatoid arthritis patients have to deal with. The disease is linked to a number of other problems, including heart attack and heart failure.