During my research today i found two new drugs specific to SS. Actemra and Fresolimumab. They both appear to be in a clinical trial stage but apparently are available. Does anybody on this site have knowledge of these?
Actemra (Tocilizumab) is a biologic drug already approved and available to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in adults and juvenile arthritis in children over two. It works by blocking a pathway to stop inflammation from harming the joints.
Biologic drugs are genetically engineered medicines that are used to suppress the immune system in autoimmune disease.
In June last year the FDA granted "Breakthrough Therapy Designation" status to tocilizumab for treating patients with systemic sclerosis, or scleroderma. The developers of tocilizumab have begun a phase 3 study to test the safety and efficacy of tocilizumab in patients with systemic sclerosis. It is not yet approved for this use.
- Actemra Information for Consumers
- Actemra Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Actemra (detailed)
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