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Methotrexate is an antimetabolite and antifolate agent with antineoplastic and immunosuppressant activities. Methotrexate binds to and inhibits the enzyme dihydrofolate reductase, resulting in inhibition of purine nucleotide and thymidylate synthesis and, subsequently, inhibition of DNA and RNA syntheses. Methotrexate also exhibits potent immunosuppressant activity although the mechanism(s) of actions is unclear.

Methotrexate is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be used by itself to treat the following types of gestational trophoblastic tumors, Chorioadenoma destruens, Choriocarcinoma, Hydatidiform mole. Methotrexate is also approved to be used alone or with other drugs to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) that has spread to the central nervous system (CNS) or to keep it from spreading there, and to treat the following, breast cancer, certain types of head and neck cancer, lung cancer, advanced non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), advanced mycosis fungoides (a type of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma), osteosarcoma that has not spread to other parts of the body, following surgery to remove the primary tumor. Methotrexate is also approved to treat the following non-cancer conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, severe psoriasis.
Positive bosutinib response for elderly blast phase CML patient

Positive bosutinib response for elderly blast phase CML patient

A case study suggests that the third-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitor bosutinib may be considered as induction therapy for blast phase chronic myeloid leukaemia in older patients. [More]
BENEPALI granted marketing authorization in the EU for treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases

BENEPALI granted marketing authorization in the EU for treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases

The joint venture between Biogen and Samsung BioLogics, Samsung Bioepis, has been granted European Commission (EC) approval for BENEPALI , an etanercept biosimilar referencing Enbrel. [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]
Patient recommendations for rheumatoid arthritis treatment: an interview with Dr Nowell

Patient recommendations for rheumatoid arthritis treatment: an interview with Dr Nowell

The study, “When patients write the guidelines: Patient panel recommendations for the treatment of RA,” published in Arthritis Research & Care, demonstrated the feasibility of developing CPG recommendations based on a voting panel composed entirely of patients. [More]
FDA-approved, once-daily 24-hour aspirin now available for prevention of stroke and acute cardiac events

FDA-approved, once-daily 24-hour aspirin now available for prevention of stroke and acute cardiac events

New Haven Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced the availability by prescription of DURLAZA, the first and only 24-hour, extended-release aspirin capsules (162.5mg) approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the secondary prevention of stroke and acute cardiac events, including myocardial infarction (heart attack) in high-risk cardiovascular patients. [More]
Turing Pharmaceuticals emphasizes continued availability of Daraprim

Turing Pharmaceuticals emphasizes continued availability of Daraprim

Turing Pharmaceuticals AG, a privately-held biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative treatments for serious diseases and conditions, today emphasizes the continued availability of Daraprim and cautions healthcare providers of proposed alternatives to Daraprim. [More]
Novel strategies on the way for difficult-to-treat head and neck cancer

Novel strategies on the way for difficult-to-treat head and neck cancer

Novel strategies are on the way for difficult-to-treat and advanced head and neck cancer, the most heterogeneous group of malignancies which are generally associated with poor survival, and encouraging results have been presented at the first ESMO Asia 2015 Congress in Singapore. [More]
Adjuvant chemotherapy not beneficial for patients with luminal A subtype of breast cancer

Adjuvant chemotherapy not beneficial for patients with luminal A subtype of breast cancer

Premenopausal women whose invasive breast cancers were of the luminal A subtype had comparable 10-year disease-free survival rates regardless of whether or not they received adjuvant chemotherapy, according to data from the phase III DBCG77B clinical trial presented at the 2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, held Dec. 8-12. [More]
Novartis announces EC approval of Cosentyx for treatment of ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis

Novartis announces EC approval of Cosentyx for treatment of ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis

Novartis announced today that the European Commission has approved Cosentyx (secukinumab) for the treatment of people living with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). For AS, this is the first new treatment advance in 16 years since the development of the current standard of care, anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) therapy. [More]
New Haven Pharmaceuticals' DURLAZA drug delivers sustained antiplatelet control for full 24 hours

New Haven Pharmaceuticals' DURLAZA drug delivers sustained antiplatelet control for full 24 hours

New Haven Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced new study data that shows the company's FDA-approved drug DURLAZA delivers sustained antiplatelet control for a full 24-hour period in high-risk patients. [More]
Arthritis patients to be greater contributors to clinical guideline development

Arthritis patients to be greater contributors to clinical guideline development

CreakyJoints®, the online, non-profit, arthritis patient support community with more than 80,000 members, today announced the publication of “When patients write the guidelines: Patient panel recommendations for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis,” in Arthritis Care & Research (AC&R), an official journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). [More]
Mylan announces U.S. launch of generic Fusilev for Injection

Mylan announces U.S. launch of generic Fusilev for Injection

Mylan N.V. today announced the U.S. launch of Levoleucovorin Calcium Injection 10 mg (base)/mL; 175 mg (base)/17.5 mL and 250 mg (base)/25 mL Single-use Vials, which is the generic version of Spectrum Pharmaceuticals' Fusilev for Injection. [More]
CHMP recommends approval of Cosentyx in Europe to treat patients with AS and PsA, says Novartis

CHMP recommends approval of Cosentyx in Europe to treat patients with AS and PsA, says Novartis

Novartis announced today that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use has recommended the approval of Cosentyx (secukinumab) in Europe to treat ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) patients. [More]
Roche to acquire biotechnology company, Adheron Therapeutics

Roche to acquire biotechnology company, Adheron Therapeutics

Adheron Therapeutics, a privately held biotechnology company based in Berkeley, California, United States, announced today that it has agreed to be acquired by Roche. [More]
AbbVie reports positive results from ABT-494 Phase 2 clinical trials in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

AbbVie reports positive results from ABT-494 Phase 2 clinical trials in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, today announced results from two Phase 2 clinical trials evaluating its investigational selective JAK1 inhibitor, ABT-494, in patients with inadequate response to either methotrexate or TNF inhibitors. [More]
ACR releases two new publications to improve treatment of polymyalgia rheumatica, gout

ACR releases two new publications to improve treatment of polymyalgia rheumatica, gout

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has released two new publications - recommendations aimed at improving the treatment of patients with polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR), and new classification criteria for gout. [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]
Turing Pharmaceuticals acquires rights to market Daraprim (pyrimethamine) in the U.S.

Turing Pharmaceuticals acquires rights to market Daraprim (pyrimethamine) in the U.S.

Turing Pharmaceuticals AG today announced that it has acquired the exclusive rights to market Daraprim (pyrimethamine) in the U.S. from Impax Laboratories, Inc. The acquisition by Turing is part of a strategic effort focused on treatments for toxoplasmosis and other serious infectious diseases. The company also announced plans to invest in the development of new drug candidates for toxoplasmosis. [More]
Steroid-refractory chronic GVHD trial results ‘overestimate’ treatment efficacy

Steroid-refractory chronic GVHD trial results ‘overestimate’ treatment efficacy

Trial results for patients with steroid-refractory chronic graft versus host have overestimated the efficacies of treatments, suggests a meta-analysis published in The Lancet Haematology. [More]

AESKU.DIAGNOSTICS offers new early prognostic marker for RA

Activity and outcome scores like DAS, DAS28, SDAI or CDAI, Larsen Score, etc. are commonly used but are time consuming and not practical in the early phase of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). [More]
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