New Onset Psoriatic Arthritis Reported in Psoriasis Patients Treated with Efalizumab

Efalizumab

The T-cell inhibitor efalizumab (Raptiva) has demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. However, it has not demonstrated efficacy for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis and, in one study, was associated with worsening of arthritis symptoms. Only a minority of individuals with psoriasis have a concomitant inflammatory arthritis, making therapy with efalizumab an option for the treatment of a large number of psoriasis patients who have no articular involvement.

High rates of continuation for RA patients switched to second TNF inhibitor

Arthritis News > Continuation For TNF Switch High rates of continuation for RA patients switched to second TNF inhibitor January 2007 – Jon Giles, M.D. Clinical trials of TNF inhibitors in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) typically show minimal clinical response rates (i.e. ACR20) of 60 to 70%. However, clinically meaningful response rates, such as an ACR50 […]

RA Patients in Remission May Still Have Subclinical Synovitis

Arthritis News > RA & Subclinical Synovitis RA Patients in Remission May Still Have Subclinical Synovitis January 2007 – Jon Giles, M.D. Radiographic progression has been demonstrated in RA patients with no clinical evidence of synovitis on physical examination. This has raised the question of whether joint damage and destruction can occur in the absence […]

Genentech announces information regarding Rituximab and a Rare Opportunistic Infection

Arthritis News > Genentech Announcement Genentech announces rare opportunistic infection in two Lupus patients treated with Rituximab. John Giles, M.D. Genentech/Biogen Idec, the manufacturers of rituximab (Rituxan), have reported the occurrence of two cases of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a rare opportunistic infection of the central nervous system (CNS), in two patients receiving the drug […]