Certolizumab pegol (Cimzia®) gained FDA approval in September/October 2013 for two new indications, adults with active psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and adults with active ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Already approved for adults with Crohn’s Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis, certolizumab pegol (CZP) is a humanized TNF-α monoclonal antibody.
OTREXUP™ (methotrexate) injection was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
It is indicated for adults with severe, active rheumatoid arthritis, or children with active polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis who have failed first line therapies. It is also indicated for severe, recalcitrant, disabling psoriasis.
Ustekinumab (Stelara®) receives FDA approval for treatment of adults with active psoriatic arthritis
Tofacitinib: A novel Janus kinase inhibitor is FDA approved as the first oral biologic treatment for rheumatoid arthritis
Depression and anxiety are more common among individuals with arthritis than among the general population. Yet, these mood disorders are still underdiagnosed and undertreated in arthritis patients despite data that depression and anxiety affect important outcomes such as functional ability, pain, and quality of life.