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Pfizer Announces FDA Approval of Xeljanz (tofacitinib) and Xeljanz XR for the Treatment of Active Psoriatic Arthritis

Posted 14 days ago by

December 14, 2017 - Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) announced today that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Xeljanz 5 mg twice daily (BID) and Xeljanz XR (tofacitinib) extended release 11 mg once daily (QD) for the treatment of adult patients with active psoriatic arthritis (PsA) who have had an inadequate response or intolerance to methotrexate or other disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). Xeljanz/Xeljanz XR is the first and only Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor approved by the FDA for both moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and active PsA. “Psoriatic arthritis is a complex and progressive disease with an unpredictable course,” said Angela Hwang, Global President, Inflammation and Immunology, Pfizer. “The approval of Xeljanz is an important step forward for patients seeking new treatments and is a testament to Pfizer’s unwavering commitment to adv ... Read more

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Rain May Not Cause Achy Joints After All

Posted 14 Dec 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 – Many people insist their joints ache more when it rains. But that popular notion might be all wet, a new study suggests. The study of more than 1.5 million older Americans found that people were no more likely to visit the doctor with joint or back pain during rainy weeks than sunny ones. Even among people with arthritis, there was no connection between rainfall and patient complaints about aches and pains. The findings cast doubt on the idea that an achy knee can predict rainfall, said lead researcher Dr. Anupam Jena, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School. "No matter how we analyzed it, we didn't see a relationship," Jena said. The idea that weather affects bodily symptoms goes back to ancient times, he noted. And still today, many people firmly believe that certain weather conditions make their joint pain worse. Rainfall, as well as humidity and ... Read more

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If Mom Has Rheumatoid Arthritis, Baby May Develop It, Too

Posted 11 Dec 2017 by

MONDAY, Dec. 11, 2017 – Children born to mothers with rheumatoid arthritis are at increased risk for the disease and other chronic health problems, a new study suggests. The finding comes from an analysis of long-term follow-up data on all children born in Denmark in a 25-year period. That included more than 2,100 children born to women diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis before pregnancy and 1.3 million children born to women who did not have the disease. The children born to women with the disease were almost three more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis themselves, the study found. They also had a 2.2 times greater risk for thyroid disease and a 1.6 higher risk for epilepsy. The study was published online Dec. 11 in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. The researchers said their findings should be used to increase awareness among doctors. "We have addressed a concern in ... Read more

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An Exercise Game Plan for Boomers

Posted 22 Nov 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 – If you're a member of the baby boom generation, don't think you're too old to exercise. On the contrary, it's especially important for you to stay active, and even more so if you have a condition that threatens mobility, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Exercise can give you more energy, help prevent chronic illnesses and keep you independent longer, according to the U.S. National Institute on Aging. For most adults, moderate exercise, including brisk walking, is safe and easy. You don't need special equipment – just supportive shoes – and you can walk almost anywhere. But talk to your doctor before you start, especially if you have any medical concerns or haven't exercised in a long time. It's fine to begin slowly. If you want to start with walking, do it at a leisurely pace for 10 minutes at a time. As you build up your endurance, add more ... Read more

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These Foods May Help Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

Posted 8 Nov 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 – Have rheumatoid arthritis? Treat yourself to some blueberries and a cup of green tea. They're among the foods that could ease the pain, swelling and stiffness in your joints and even slow progression of the disease, researchers say. Dried plums, pomegranates, whole grains, the spices ginger and turmeric, and olive oil may also help. These foods appear to reduce inflammation, as well as joint stiffness and pain, according to the authors of a paper published Nov. 8 in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition. "Regular consumption of specific dietary fibers, vegetables, fruits and spices, as well as the elimination of components that cause inflammation and damage, can help patients to manage the effects of rheumatoid arthritis," study author Bhawna Gupta said in a journal news release. Gupta is an assistant professor in the School of Biotechnology at KIIT University in ... Read more

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to Risk of COPD

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – People with rheumatoid arthritis appear to have a higher risk of the lung condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), researchers report. The study found that people with rheumatoid arthritis were 47 percent more likely to be hospitalized for COPD than those in the general population. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. That means the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue instead of foreign invaders such as bacteria. This causes inflammation, which causes symptoms such as red, swollen and painful joints, according to the Arthritis Foundation. COPD includes diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Symptoms include shortness of breath, frequent coughing, a feeling of tightness in the chest and wheezing, the COPD Foundation says. Smoking and secondhand smoke are among the most significant risk factors for COPD. ... Read more

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Arthritis Can Strike Children

Posted 18 Oct 2017 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 – While arthritis is typically thought of as an older person's disease, more than 300,000 American children have chronic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), an expert says. Unlike age-related arthritis caused by cartilage and bone wear and tear, JIA has more to do with joint inflammation, but it's not clear what triggers this inflammation, said Dr. Barbara Ostrov, a pediatric and adult rheumatologist at Penn State Health in Hershey, Pa. Symptoms of JIA include joints that are consistently swollen, stiff or inflamed. In some cases, the disease also affects the eyes and can threaten vision if not diagnosed and treated promptly. All children with JIA should be monitored by an ophthalmologist. The youngest children with JIA often don't complain about their pain. Signs that they may have JIA include wanting to be carried for the first couple of hours a day due to ... Read more

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FDA Approves Cyltezo (adalimumab-adbm), a Biosimilar to Humira

Posted 30 Aug 2017 by

Ridgefield, Conn., August 29, 2017 – Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Cyltezo, a biosimilar to Humira, in a pre-filled syringe for the treatment of multiple chronic inflammatory diseases, including: moderate to severe active rheumatoid arthritis moderate to severe polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis** active psoriatic arthritis active ankylosing spondylitis (an arthritis that affects the spine) moderate to severe active adult Crohn’s disease moderate to severe active ulcerative colitis moderate to severe plaque psoriasis “Cyltezo is the first biosimilar from Boehringer Ingelheim to be approved by the FDA and marks an important step towards our goal of providing new and more affordable treatment options to healthcare providers and patients,” said Ivan Blanarik, Senior Vice President and Head of The ... Read more

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Certain Jobs Linked to Raised Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted 10 Aug 2017 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 – Rheumatoid arthritis, a painful disease in which a person's immune system attacks the joints, appears to be more common among people in certain types of jobs, researchers suggest. The findings "indicate that work-related factors, such as airborne harmful exposures, may contribute to disease development," study author Anna Ilar said. She is a doctoral student in epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. The study looked at more than 3,500 people in Sweden with rheumatoid arthritis, and nearly 5,600 people without the disease. Among men, those in manufacturing jobs had a higher risk of rheumatoid arthritis than those in the professional, administrative and technical sectors, the findings showed. The risk was twice as high for electrical and electronics workers, and three times higher for bricklayers and concrete workers. Among women, assistant ... Read more

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Fish Eaters Report Less Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

Posted 23 Jun 2017 by

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 – Eating fish at least twice a week may significantly reduce the pain and swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis, a new study says. Prior studies have shown a beneficial effect of fish oil supplements on rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, but less is known about the value of eating fish containing omega-3, the researchers said. "We wanted to investigate whether eating fish as a whole food would have a similar kind of effect as the omega 3 fatty acid supplements," said the study author, Dr. Sara Tedeschi, an associate physician of rheumatology, immunology and allergy at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Generally, the amount of omega 3 fatty acids in fish is lower than the doses that were given in the trials, she said. Even so, as the 176 study participants increased the amount of fish they ate weekly, their disease activity score lowered, the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Managing Arthritis Fatigue

Posted 19 Jun 2017 by

-- Fatigue is a common complaint among people with arthritis, but making a few lifestyle changes can help keep it in check. The Arthritis Foundation suggests: Getting regular exercise, gradually increasing your workout to most days of the week. Eating nutritious foods, including vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Using a cane or brace to support your joints when needed. Getting plenty of sleep by sticking to a consistent bedtime and wake schedule. Taking short breaks throughout the day. Read more

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Sanofi and Regeneron Announce FDA Approval of Kevzara (sarilumab) for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted 24 May 2017 by

PARIS and TARRYTOWN, N.Y., May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of Kevzara (sarilumab) for the treatment of adult patients with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who have had an inadequate response or intolerance to one or more disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), such as methotrexate (MTX). Kevzara is a human monoclonal antibody that binds to the interleukin-6 receptor (IL-6R), and has been shown to inhibit IL-6R mediated signaling. IL-6 is a cytokine in the body that, in excess and over time, can contribute to the inflammation associated with RA. "In the clinical trial program, sarilumab demonstrated statistically significant, clinically-meaningful improvements in adult patients with rheumatoid arthritis by reducing signs and symptoms, improving ... Read more

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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 corticosteroids. "We expedited the development and review of this application because [Actemra] fulfills a critical need for patients with this serious disease who had limited treatment options," said Dr. Badrul Chowdhury, director of the agency's Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Rheumatology Products. Actemra was evaluated in clinical studies involving 251 people with giant cell arteritis. The drug will carry a boxed label warning of the possibility of serious infections. For that reason, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Make Time for Strength Training

Posted 10 May 2017 by

-- Strength training uses resistance to build muscle size, strength and endurance. The American Council on Exercise mentions these potential benefits: Increases independence, improves quality of life and requires less effort to perform daily activities. Increases the movement of food through the digestive tract, which may reduce your risk of colon cancer. May lower resting blood pressure, and reduce risk of back pain. Helps manage pain from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Read more

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FDA Approves Renflexis (infliximab-abda), a Biosimilar to Remicade

Posted 27 Apr 2017 by

INCHEON, Korea – April 24, 2017 – Samsung Bioepis Co., Ltd. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Renflexis (infliximab-abda), a biosimilar referencing Remicade®i (infliximab), across all eligible indications. In the US, Renflexis is indicated for reducing signs and symptoms in patients with adult and pediatric Crohn’s disease, adult ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis, and for the treatment of adult plaque psoriasis. Renflexis is the first Samsung Bioepis product approved for marketing in the United States (US). “Since our company was established five years ago, we have strived day in and day out to realize the promise of biosimilars for patients across the United States by offering them treatment options at a lower cost. We hope this regulatory milestone will bring us a step closer to achievin ... Read more

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