370 medical groups petition Congress for prior authorization reform

September 11, 2019
The American College of Rheumatology has joined 369 other patient, physician and health care professional groups in calling on Congress to pass a…
In the Journals

Quarter of axial SpA patients attain inactive disease after 6 months on first TNF inhibitor

September 11, 2019
Among patients with axial spondyloarthritis receiving their first TNF inhibitor, 27% achieve inactive disease, defined by the Ankylosing Spondylitis…

Advocates lobby for bills to reform step therapy, expand rheumatology workforce

September 10, 2019
More than 100 patient advocates, including physicians and health professionals from the American College of Rheumatology, took to Capitol Hill this…
In the Journals

Patient-reported symptoms linked to disease activity changes in SSc

September 10, 2019
Patient-reported symptoms are associated with clinically impactful changes in systemic sclerosis disease activity, according to findings published in…
In the Journals

Number of prior DMARDs, disease duration linked to diminished drug response in RA

September 9, 2019
Longer disease duration and a greater number of previous DMARDs in a patient’s history is associated with decreased response rates to…
In the JournalsPerspective

Patients with gout have 30% higher risk for chronic kidney disease

September 9, 2019
Gout is associated with a 29% increased risk for developing advanced chronic kidney disease and a 210% increased risk for end-stage renal disease…
FDA News

FDA approves nintedanib for systemic sclerosis-associated ILD

September 6, 2019
The FDA has approved nintedanib capsules to slow the rate of decline in pulmonary function in adults with interstitial lung disease associated with…

ACR: CVS-Aetna merger threatens efforts to lower drug costs

September 6, 2019
The American College of Rheumatology issued a warning on Friday that a U.S. District Court judge’s decision to allow CVS Health Corp to merge…
Q&A With Healio Rheumatology

For IBD-associated arthritis, disease control is becoming a team sport

September 6, 2019
Rheumatologists are generally familiar with complicated case patients who require management across specialties. The same goes for…
In the JournalsPerspective

Telemedicine more commonly used by patients with higher RA activity

September 5, 2019
Video telemedicine, when it is offered, is more likely to be used by patients with rheumatoid arthritis who demonstrate higher disease activity, have…

AMA says judge’s decision to allow CVS-Aetna merger ‘fails patients’

September 5, 2019
The AMA expressed disappointment over a federal judge allowing CVS Health Corp to merge with Aetna. CNBC and other mainstream media reported…
In the JournalsPerspective

Adalimumab well-tolerated by most children with polyarticular JIA

September 5, 2019
Adalimumab, with or without methotrexate, is well-tolerated over a period of at least 7 years among most children with polyarticular-course juvenile…
In the Journals

Golimumab efficacy in RA similar for patients older, younger than 65 years

September 4, 2019
IV golimumab, combined with methotrexate, is as efficacious among patients with rheumatoid arthritis who are aged 65 years and older as it is among…
Feature

Experts discuss future opioid lawsuit strategies, lawsuits’ impact on manufacturers

September 4, 2019
Last month, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay more than $572 million in damages for its role in the opioid epidemic in Oklahoma. Purdue Pharma…
In the JournalsPerspective

Immune-related adverse effects of checkpoint inhibitors frequent but manageable

September 4, 2019
Although flares and immune-related adverse effects due to checkpoint inhibitor therapy can be frequent and potentially severe, they are “mostly…
In the Journals

EULAR: All rheumatology providers should be familiar with disease features, routine therapies

September 3, 2019
Nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists should be knowledgeable about the clinical features and diagnostic procedures of common…
In the Journals

Infection risk similar for TNF inhibitors plus methotrexate, triple therapy in RA

September 3, 2019
Among patients with rheumatoid arthritis, there is no substantial difference in the risk for any serious infection, including bacterial infection or…
Round Tables

Women with chronic inflammatory diseases remain poorly informed of reproductive issues

August 30, 2019
Women of childbearing age with rheumatic diseases worldwide fail to receive appropriate information about the family planning and pregnancy…

Synthetic opioid crisis requires innovative action

August 29, 2019
Synthetic opioids like fentanyl “kill on a scale that is unprecedented among illegal drugs,” according to a new report conducted by the…

CDC: Opioid deaths declining

August 29, 2019
CDC data show opioid deaths dropped 4.6% overall during a 12-month period that encompassed 2017 and 2018, but there was an 11.1% increase in opioid