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Infliximab is a monoclonal antibody that blocks the action of a cytokine called tumor necrosis factor alfa. It is being studied in the treatment and prevention of weight loss and loss of appetite in patients with advanced cancer. It belongs to the family of drugs called monoclonal antibodies.
Penn scientists develop combined medical and surgical care plan for managing Crohn's disease

Penn scientists develop combined medical and surgical care plan for managing Crohn's disease

The first published combined medical and surgical care plan for managing septic perianal Crohn's disease, a serious complication that occurs in around 40 percent of Crohn's disease patients, has been developed by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine. [More]
Generic biologic drugs appear to be as effective as brand-name versions

Generic biologic drugs appear to be as effective as brand-name versions

Generic forms of a biologic drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and psoriasis appear to be as safe and effective as their brand-name counterparts, a new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health analysis suggests. [More]
Celltrion Healthcare commits to develop lab tests for evidence-based decision-making in anti-TNF treatment

Celltrion Healthcare commits to develop lab tests for evidence-based decision-making in anti-TNF treatment

Celltrion Healthcare, a global biopharmaceutical company, today announced its research commitment to develop laboratory tests that will determine both drug and anti-drug antibody levels in the blood, enabling physicians to identify when patients on an anti-tumour necrosis factor drug require a change of dose or a switch to a different treatment in the class. [More]
Factors other than just cost may influence prescribing of TNF inhibitors for RA patients

Factors other than just cost may influence prescribing of TNF inhibitors for RA patients

The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress showed that a range of factors other than just cost may influence the prescribing of TNF inhibitors for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). [More]
Anti-TNF therapy offers new hope to JDM patients

Anti-TNF therapy offers new hope to JDM patients

The results of a UK study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress showed that tumour necrosis factor inhibitor (anti-TNF) treatment is effective at improving both muscle and skin involvement in children with juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM). [More]
Antibody-positive patients treated with infliximab less likely to benefit from infliximab biosimilar

Antibody-positive patients treated with infliximab less likely to benefit from infliximab biosimilar

The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress showed that when antibodies develop in response to the biological treatment Remicade (infliximab), they also cross-react with the biosimilar of infliximab (CT-P13: Inflectra or Remsima). [More]
New study explores factors that affect Medicare patient’s adherence to psoriasis biologic therapies

New study explores factors that affect Medicare patient’s adherence to psoriasis biologic therapies

About half of Medicare patients who start taking biologic therapies for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis stop within a year, according to a new study led by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. [More]
Inflectra (infliximab-dyyb) approved for multiple indications

Inflectra (infliximab-dyyb) approved for multiple indications

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Inflectra (infliximab-dyyb) for multiple indications. Inflectra is administered by intravenous infusion. This is the second biosimilar approved by the FDA. [More]
Real-world studies support switching IBD patients from reference infliximab to biosimilar infliximab

Real-world studies support switching IBD patients from reference infliximab to biosimilar infliximab

Data presented today at the 11th Congress of European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation adds to the growing body of real-world evidence that supports switching patients from reference infliximab to biosimilar infliximab. [More]
New BSR guidelines on prescribing anti-rheumatic medication during pregnancy, breastfeeding

New BSR guidelines on prescribing anti-rheumatic medication during pregnancy, breastfeeding

The new BSR guidelines make a number of specific recommendations for the use of standard and/or biologic disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), providing crucial advice for clinicians, obstetricians and midwives. [More]
Inflammation associated with elevated glutamate in the brain could guide depression treatments

Inflammation associated with elevated glutamate in the brain could guide depression treatments

Psychiatrists investigating depression have been energized in recent years by reports of rapid, successful treatment with drugs that interfere with the brain chemical glutamate, such as the anesthetic ketamine. [More]
Largest real world study to date demonstrate effectiveness of biosimilar infliximab in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases who have been switched from reference infliximab

Largest real world study to date demonstrate effectiveness of biosimilar infliximab in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases who have been switched from reference infliximab

Data from the PRospective Observational cohort Study on patients with Inflammatory bowel disease receiving Therapy with BIOsimilars (PROSIT-BIO) in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease (CD) has been presented at the Italian Group for the Study of IBD (IG-IBD), VII National Congress, Palermo, Italy. [More]
Brain imaging reveals distinctive aspects of high-inflammation depression

Brain imaging reveals distinctive aspects of high-inflammation depression

About one third of people with depression have high levels of inflammation markers in their blood. New research indicates that persistent inflammation affects the brain in ways that are connected with stubborn symptoms of depression, such as anhedonia, the inability to experience pleasure. [More]
Hospira announces TGA approval of Inflectra (infliximab) for treatment of eight inflammatory conditions

Hospira announces TGA approval of Inflectra (infliximab) for treatment of eight inflammatory conditions

Hospira today announced that Inflectra (infliximab), the first monoclonal antibody (mAb) biosimilar therapy, has been registered in Australia. This registration paves the way for the Federal Government to reduce the cost of some of the most expensive medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). [More]
TNK Therapeutics acquires multiple preclinical and clinical stage CAR-T immunotherapy programs

TNK Therapeutics acquires multiple preclinical and clinical stage CAR-T immunotherapy programs

Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, TNK Therapeutics, Inc., has acquired multiple preclinical and clinical stage chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T immunotherapy programs as well as underlying CAR-T technology through the acquisition of two privately-held biotechnology companies. [More]
Biosimilars show promise for children with IBD, but more research needed

Biosimilars show promise for children with IBD, but more research needed

Children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) who are doing well on specific biological medications should not be switched to recently approved "biosimilar" products, concludes an expert consensus statement of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. [More]
3SBio obtains ex-China global rights to Apexigen's anti-TNF mAb technology

3SBio obtains ex-China global rights to Apexigen's anti-TNF mAb technology

3SBio Inc., a leading China-based biotechnology company focused on researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing biopharmaceutical products, today announced that it has acquired the ex-China global rights to Apexigen's anti-TNF monoclonal antibody ("mAb") technology. 3SBio previously acquired the China rights from Apexigen in 2006. [More]
Switching from Remicade to Inflectra benefits patients with rheumatic diseases

Switching from Remicade to Inflectra benefits patients with rheumatic diseases

Hospira, Inc., a global leader in biosimilars, today announced the results of an independent clinical study, showing patients with rheumatic diseases experienced comparable clinical effectiveness and safety after switching from Remicade™ to Inflectra. [More]
New results from first real-world study show comparable effectiveness and safety of Hospira’s InflectraTM (infliximab) in patients with rheumatic diseases switched from reference infliximab

New results from first real-world study show comparable effectiveness and safety of Hospira’s InflectraTM (infliximab) in patients with rheumatic diseases switched from reference infliximab

Inflectra received its authorization from the European Commission (EC) in September 2013 for all the licensed indications of Remicade, which has been authorized in the EU since 1999 and recorded European sales of almost €2 billion in 2013... [More]
Time for a switch for patients with rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis

Time for a switch for patients with rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis

The comparable safety and efficacy of switching patients to a biosimilar anti-TNF-α monoclonal antibody from the reference medicinal product (RMP) has been further established in data presented at EULAR 2015, the annual meeting of the European League Against Rheumatism. [More]
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