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Why Are Physicians Silent About Outrageous Drug Prices?

MedPage Today
Jan 14, 2022

This article was written by Dr. Milton Packer, who wonders why physicians are struggling to get their priorities straight.

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The Overpricing of Drugs (1.14.2022)

Jan 14, 2022

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and journal articles from the past week on RheumNow.com. This week we discuss amputations, a $57 billion RA market, an FDA approved drug for Cat arthritis and drug that works in Sjogren's.




  1. Study 126 rheumatic disease (RMD) patients showed that

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Hold Myophenolate or Not with COVID-19 Vaccination?

Jan 13, 2022

While the American College of Rheumatology recommends holding mycophenolate (MMF) in rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases patients (RMD) receiving COVID-19 vaccines, there is limited data on such an approach. A recent cohort study of RMD patients showed that holding MMF yielded higher antibody

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COVAX Registry: Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines in Rheum Patients

Jan 13, 2022

The EULAR Coronavirus Vaccine (COVAX) physician-reported registry has shown that the use of COVID-19 vaccines in people with inflammatory/autoimmune rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease (I-RMD) is effective, safe, and well tolerated.



Rheumatic and autoimmune patients were not

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KEEPSaKe-1 Trial in Psoriatic Arthritis - IL-23 Inhibition is Effective

Jan 12, 2022

The results of the KEEPSaKE-1 study in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) has been published and shows that risankizumab (RIZ), an IL-23 inhibitor, showed significant clinical improvements when given to active PsA patients who failed or were intolerant to ≥1 csDMARD.

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What Can JIA Patients Expect 18 Years In?

MedPage Today
Jan 12, 2022

Follow-up in a Scandinavian cohort of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) patients that began in 1997-2000 revealed a number of surprises, a new study indicated.



More than two-thirds of patients were using no drug therapies at year 18, even though only about half were in remission and

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Biologic Treatment of Primary Sjogrens with Ianalumab

Jan 11, 2022

Clinical trials generally fail in Sjögren's syndrome; but now a study shows that a biologic B cell inhibitor, ianalumab, met its primary endpoint with a dose-related decrease in disease activity (measured by ESSDAI) at week 24.



This was a phase II, dose-finding trial, aimed to assess

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BEAT LUPUS - Belimumab after Rituximab in SLE

Jan 11, 2022

A recent trial published in Annals of Internal Medicine analyzed the effects of B-cell depletion (rituximab) followed by B-cell suppression (belimumab) and showed effective lowering of anti-dsDNA titers and and fewer severe flare in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

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2021 Rheumatology Year in Review

Jan 08, 2022

Our top 10 list of advances, game-changers, worries and those better medical practices that evolved during 2021.

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Comorbidities Drive Risk of Severe Outcomes with COVID-19

Jan 06, 2022

The current edition of the MMWR from the CDC shows that among those vaccinated against COVID-19, there is a low risk of severe outcomes (hospitalization and death); the highest risk is seen in those with multiple comorbidities.

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COVID Breakthrough Infections with Arthritis and HIV

MedPage Today
Jan 06, 2022

Among immunocompromised individuals vaccinated against COVID-19, solid organ transplant recipients as well as those with HIV and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) were significantly more likely to experience breakthrough infections versus people without immune dysfunction, a retrospective study found

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New Onset Rheumatic Disorders with COVID-19 Infection

Jan 05, 2022

The journal Cells has published a review of new rheumatic disorders following COVID-19 infection. Rheumatologists have infrequently noted such events and wondered what is the true incidence or range of possible manifestations.



Infection can be an infrequent trigger to immune 

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Clinical Practice Guidelines for Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

Jan 05, 2022

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is new and serious complication of COVID-19 that preferentially affects adolescents. A review of proposed management guidelines is compiled in this report, suggesting a unified approach to therapeutic management of MIS-C.

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Autoantibody Associations in Systemic Sclerosis

Jan 04, 2022

Analysis of two large cohorts of systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients shows a signfiicant minority of patients to have autoantibodies typical of rheumatoid erosive arthrits, but their presence in SSc patients was associated with unique manifestations of SSc. 



Overall 448 SSC patiens were

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Spesolimab, an IL-36 Blocker, in Pustular Psoriasis

Jan 03, 2022

The NEJM has published the results of a phase 2 randomized trial showing that the use of an interleukin-36 receptor inhibitor, spesolimab, resulted in rapid improvement of generalized pustular psoriasis (at 1 week), but that adverse events and infections were of concern with 12 weeks of

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Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines in Rheumatic Patients

Jan 03, 2022

Since the introduction of COVID-19 vaccines in January 2021, rheumatologists have fully advocated the protective benefits of their use - yet many have rarely noted flares and reactive side effects worrisome to patients.  Now a multinational study shows that the use of COVID vaccination in

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Best of 2021: Comparison of oral and parenteral MTX shows oral MTX in RA is non inferior to subcutaneous MTX treatment (in 640 RA pts) with regard to disease activity, but oral MTX had fewer adverse events than SC ( 41% vs 52%, p= 0.005). https://t.co/4RB7SxuGx7

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Jan 03, 2022
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Best of 2021: Jack of All Subspecialties

Dec 31, 2021

It's great to be a rheumatologist, but boy, it's getting harder and harder. You have to be a jack of all trades. You have to be good at cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, vaccination, inflammatory bowel disease - it just never ends. This and more, as Dr. Cush summarizes more than a dozen

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Best of 2021: FDA Puts Boxed Warnings on JAK Inhibitors

Dec 30, 2021

Based on the safety review of tofacitinib in Pfizer's Oral Surveillance (1133) study, the FDA has added serious boxed warnings to all three marketed JAK inhibitors (for inflammatory diseases) and formalized the recommendation that patients should be started on a TNF inhibitor (TNFi) before

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Best of 2021: Comparison of Three Coronavirus Vaccines

Dec 30, 2021

On Feb. 27, the Food and Drug Administration announced it has issued an emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose Covid vaccine, making it the third COVID-19 vaccine to be commercially available.  We've compiled a comparison table and some key information relevant to your

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Best of 2021: Tofacitinib Safety Concerns

Dec 29, 2021

Dr. Jack Cush reviews and discusses the news and journal reports from the past week on RheumNow.com.

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Best of 2021: Israel provides COVID vaccine answers for rheumatic disease patients

Dec 28, 2021

The question as to how autoimmune rheumatic disease patients fare with the COVID vaccine is one being asked in rheumatologists’ offices everywhere this year, and at the EULAR 2021 Virtual Congress, data presented from Israel, one of the first countries to vaccinate on a broad scale, has

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Best of 2021: 11 Drugs That Cause Arthritis

Dec 27, 2021

This is the #1 question I get from new consults: “How did I get arthritis?”

But as the aching are asking, they are really thinking these joint complaints must be due to something.

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