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Tocilizumab Beats Steroids for Controlling Blood Vessel Inflammation in Study

Posted 26 Jul 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 – The drug tocilizumab performs better than steroids in treating the most common form of blood vessel inflammation known as giant cell arteritis, a new study has shown. The phase 3 clinical trial of 251 patients confirmed that tocilizumab (Actemra) reduced symptoms and also the need for high-dose steroid treatment for the condition. Phase 3 clinical trials represent the ...

FDA Approves Actemra (tocilizumab) Subcutaneous Injection for Giant Cell Arteritis

Posted 23 May 2017 by

May 22, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approved use of subcutaneous Actemra (tocilizumab) to treat adults with giant cell arteritis. This new indication provides the first FDA-approved therapy, specific to this type of vasculitis. “We expedited the development and review of this application because this drug fulfills a critical need for patients with this serious ...

Actemra Approved for Certain Blood Vessel Inflammation

Posted 22 May 2017 by

MONDAY, May 22, 2017 – The injected drug Actemra (tocilizumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with giant cell arteritis, an inflammation of the blood vessels (vasculitis). In a media release Monday, the FDA said this form of vasculitis mostly involves blood vessels of the head. Traditional therapy includes large doses of anti-inflammatory drugs called ...

Study Ties Shingles Virus to Dangerous Blood Vessel Disease in Elderly

Posted 18 Feb 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 – New research links the virus behind chickenpox and shingles to a blood vessel condition that afflicts the elderly and can sometimes be deadly. The study doesn't prove that the so-called varicella zoster virus causes the condition, known as giant cell arteritis. But study author Dr. Don Gilden, a professor of neurology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in ...

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