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Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Orencia (abatacept) Receives FDA Approval for Treatment of Active Psoriatic Arthritis in Adults

Posted 8 Jul 2017 by

PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE) July 6, 2017 --Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) announced today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Orencia for the treatment of adults with active Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA)1, a chronic2, inflammatory disease that can affect both the skin and musculoskeletal system.3 Orencia is approved and available in both intravenous and subcutaneous ...

Early Treatment Equals Better Results for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted 25 Apr 2017 by

TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 – Treating rheumatoid arthritis early may make for better outcomes, a new study suggests. Patients who were treated within six months of developing the first signs of the autoimmune disease did better in the long run and were less likely to suffer early death, British researchers found. The findings stem from an analysis of more than 600 patients who were initially ...

Could a Germ Link Gum Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Posted 15 Dec 2016 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 – A specific germ may help explain the long-noticed connection between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis, a new study suggests. The discovery might also point to the potential origins of the painful joint illness. "If we're right, this will totally change the view of rheumatoid arthritis and treatment of patients," said study co-author Dr. Felipe Andrade. But, Andrade, ...

New Treatments Helping Kids With Juvenile Arthritis

Posted 20 Jul 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 – New treatments for juvenile arthritis offer hope to children with the chronic autoimmune condition, doctors say. Scientists are still working to understand what causes juvenile arthritis and how to stop its progression. But, kids coping with its effects have reason to be optimistic, according to Dr. Nikolay Nikolov, a rheumatologist and clinical team leader at the U.S. ...

Kidney Woes Tied to Raised Cancer Risk, Study Finds

Posted 12 Nov 2015 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 12, 2015 – Kidney failure and having a kidney transplant may increase the risk for certain types of cancer, a new study suggests. Poor kidney function and immune system-suppressing drugs may be behind this increased risk, according to Elizabeth Yanik, of the U.S. National Cancer Institute, and colleagues. For the study, published in the Nov. 12 online edition of the Journal of the ...

Gene Discoveries Could Help Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

Posted 28 Apr 2015 by

TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 – Genetic variations may hold clues to rheumatoid arthritis – suggesting not only who will develop the painful condition, but also predicting its severity and even who might die from it, a new study says. "Genetic factors predisposing to disease, to disease severity, and response to treatment will allow tailoring treatment to individual patients' needs," said lead ...

Some Arthritis Meds Cost Seniors Thousands Annually

Posted 21 Apr 2015 by

TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 – Arthritis medications known as biologic disease-modifying drugs can cost Medicare patients more than $2,700 in co-payments a year, a new report finds. Researchers say the tab is an immense burden on patients with disabling conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic disorder that affects an estimated 1.3 million Americans. Biologic anti-rheumatic medications – ...

Arthritis Drug Could Benefit Some Kidney Disease Patients

Posted 8 Nov 2013 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 8 – A drug that is currently prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis also may be beneficial for patients with a common form of kidney disease that is difficult to treat and often leads to kidney failure, according to a small new study. Researchers said they also identified a way to help determine which patients would be most likely to benefit from the drug. The condition, called focal ...

Newer Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Don't Raise Cancer Risk: Study

Posted 6 Sep 2012 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 6 – A new review finds that rheumatoid arthritis medications known as biologics don't raise the risk of cancer, contrary to what some previous research has suggested. Rheumatoid arthritis affects an estimated 1 percent of the general population, with women three times more likely to have it. Different from age-related osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is debilitating ...

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approves Subcutaneous Formulation of Orencia (abatacept), a Proven Non-Anti-TNF Biologic for Adults with Moderate to Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted 1 Aug 2011 by

PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 30, 2011 - Bristol-Myers Squibb Company today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a subcutaneous (SC) formulation of Orencia (abatacept) for the treatment of adults with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Orencia is indicated for reducing signs and symptoms, inducing major clinical response, inhibiting the ...

Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Might Fight Swine Flu

Posted 29 May 2009 by

FRIDAY, May 29 – Scientists are exploring the possibility that drugs that affect the immune system might one day serve as potent weapons to fight the flu, even the swine flu that's currently circulating around the globe. The concept has worked with a group of lab mice that were treated with the rheumatoid arthritis drug abatacept (Orencia) after being given a lethal dose of influenza A virus, ...

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