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Abatacept did not reduce risk for relapse in giant cell arteritis

Abatacept did not reduce risk for relapse in giant cell arteritis
February 24, 2017

The addition of abatacept to a prednisone treatment regimen did not reduce the risk for relapse in patients with giant cell arteritis, according to recently published data.

“The results from this study found that treatment of giant cell arteritis with abatacept combined with prednisone had a significantly higher rate of relapse-free survival compared to those who were randomized to placebo, providing supportive evidence of the efficacy of abatacept,” Carol A. Langford, MD, in the Center for Vasculitis Care and Research at Cleveland Clinic, told Healio Rheumatology. “In addition, abatacept combined with high-dose prednisone was well tolerated in this study.”

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