Rheumatoid Arthritis

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The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) agreed on a positive opinion for AbbVie’s upadacitinib (RINVOQ), according to the company.
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Officials with the FDA have approved AbbVie’s upadacitinib (Rinvoq) 15 mg, once-daily oral Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor, for the treatment of adults with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who have had an inadequate response or intolerance to methotrexate (MTX-IR). 
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Upadacitinib (Rinvoq, AbbVie) is indicated for adults with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis who have had an inadequate response or intolerance to methotrexate.
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Tofacitinib shows promising results in adult patients with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis as a monotherapy with or without methotrexate.
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Research investigates whether statins are safe and effective for patients with inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
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A 10 mg twice daily dose of tofacitinib (Xeljanz, Xeljanz XR, Pfizer) used in patients with rheumatoid arthritis increased the risk of blood clots in the lungs and death in a safety clinical trial.
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The higher dose is only approved for patients with ulcerative colitis, and not for RA.
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The New Drug Application for upadacitinib is supported by data from the phase 3 SELECT trial program evaluating patients with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis.
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Rituximab is approved by the FDA for the treatment of adults with rheumatoid arthritis, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, pemphigus vulgaris, granulomatosis with polyangiitis and microscopic polyangiitis.
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The single-dose, prefilled autoinjector for tocilizumab (Actemra) offers an additional option for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, giant cell arteritis, and 2 forms of juvenile arthritis.
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New data presented at the 2018 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting shows that the treatment regimens for many patients are not being changed to reach a “treat-to-target” goal for low disease activity.
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