Benefit and Risk of Tofacitinib in the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Focus on Herpes Zoster

Abstract The biologics have revolutionized the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, there are still patients that are difficult to control and a cure is still not achievable. Tofacitinib, a Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor is an orally available, new-in-class, disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug with similar efficacy to biologics. JAK is activated by multiple cytokines involved in the pathology of RA, and affects non-immune and immune cells, mainly the lymphocytes. Besides its anti-rheumatic effect, the recent focus has been on adverse events. As with other biologics, serious infections have been observed especially with patients with lymphopenia, consistent with the mechanism of action. The major difference in adverse events from other disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs is the prominent increase in the occurrence of herpes zoster; it is increased worldwide, especially in Asia. There are other concerns such as malignancies and hyperlipidemia that may cause cardiovascular events that deserve further attention. The first JAK inhibitor for RA is demonstrating great benefit along with some risk, providing insights into the post-biologic era.
Source: Drug Safety - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

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CONCLUSION: In RA patients with an inadequate response to MTX, baricitinib 4 mg + MTX and upadacitinib 15 mg + MTX showed the highest ACR response rates, suggesting a difference in efficacy among the different JAK inhibitors. PMID: 32055928 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Zeitschrift fur Rheumatologie - Category: Rheumatology Authors: Tags: Z Rheumatol Source Type: research
ConclusionIntegrated data show that baricitinib is well ‐tolerated in EA patients with moderate‐to‐severely active RA in the context of demonstrated efficacy, which is generally consistent with safety results of the overall study population.
Source: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases - Category: Rheumatology Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
ConclusionRisk of cutaneous HZ in SpA was not lower than in RA. Methotrexate and infliximab were associated with cutaneous HZ in SpA.
Source: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases - Category: Rheumatology Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
ConclusionAmong 319 patients who completed this 2-year extension of two global phase IIb studies, peficitinib 100  mg once daily demonstrated a stable safety profile and sustained effectiveness in patients with moderate-to-severe RA.Trial identifier, NCT01711814. Registered 19 October 2012.FundingAstellas Pharma Global Development, Inc.
Source: Rheumatology and Therapy - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: research
Abstract OBJECTIVE: To assess vaccination coverage and predictors of vaccination among a Canadian population of rheumatology patients in routine clinical care. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, consecutive adult patients presenting to a tertiary rheumatology clinic at the McGill University Health Center between May and September 2015 were asked to fill a survey on vaccination. Patients self-identified as having rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases (SARD), spondyloarthropathies (SpA), or other diseases (OD). Multivariate logistical regression analyses were performed to evalua...
Source: J Rheumatol - Category: Rheumatology Authors: Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research
AbstractObjectiveTo evaluate efficacy, including inhibition of radiographic progression, and safety of upadacitinib, a JAK1 ‐selective inhibitor, vs placebo and adalimumab in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and an inadequate response to methotrexate.Methods1629 patients with inadequate response to methotrexate were randomized (2:2:1) to once ‐daily upadacitinib 15mg, placebo, or adalimumab 40mg, on stable background methotrexate. Primary endpoints were ACR20 and DAS28CRP
Source: Arthritis and Rheumatology - Category: Rheumatology Authors: Tags: Full Length Source Type: research
ConclusionThis population-based study revealed an increasing prevalence of biologic prescribing. Results from the study described the long-term retention rates and incidence rates of serious infections of biologic treatments for all indications, and confirmed the safety of biologic treatments. Since this study provides an overview of all biologic utilization, further studies on cost effectiveness, safety and compliance of treatment in different patient groups are still warranted.
Source: Drug Safety - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
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Source: - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news
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Source: The Lancet - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
We present a case of an elderly, immunosuppressed patient with rheumatoid arthritis who was not appropriately vaccinated, and subsequently developed herpes zoster ophthalmicus, which initially presented similar to giant cell arteritis. Evidence ‐based vaccinations are integral in decreasing the incidence of preventable diseases and promoting optimal health at the individual and population level. Although the patient ultimately did not suffer any long‐term adverse sequelae, this case highlights the importance of vaccination in the rheum atology setting, and to consider both inflammatory and infectious causes of headache...
Source: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases - Category: Rheumatology Authors: Tags: POSTGRADUATE QUIZ Source Type: research
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