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Rituximab is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be used alone or with other drugs to treat certain types of B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It is also approved to be used with methotrexate to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Rituximab is also being studied in the treatment of other types of cancer and other conditions.
Real risk of rebound syndrome following fingolimod cessation for MS

Real risk of rebound syndrome following fingolimod cessation for MS

Rebound syndrome following cessation of fingolimod for multiple sclerosis occurs at a clinically relevant rate, shows research, prompting the need for further study on how best to sequence and discontinue such drugs. [More]
Rituximab outperforms fingolimod after natalizumab switch

Rituximab outperforms fingolimod after natalizumab switch

Rituximab is more effective and better tolerated than fingolimod for patients with multiple sclerosis needing to switch from natalizumab due to JC-virus antibody positivity, research suggests. [More]
Rituximab drug more effective than fingolimod for patients with highly active multiple sclerosis

Rituximab drug more effective than fingolimod for patients with highly active multiple sclerosis

A new study indicates that rituximab is more effective than fingolimod for preventing relapses in patients with highly active multiple sclerosis switching from treatment with natalizumab. [More]
Rituximab shows second-line promise in autoimmune limbic encephalitis

Rituximab shows second-line promise in autoimmune limbic encephalitis

Rituximab is an effective and well-tolerated second-line treatment for patients with autoimmune limbic encephalitis, suggests research. [More]
EMA grants Orphan Drug Designation to venetoclax for treatment of acute myeloid leukemia

EMA grants Orphan Drug Designation to venetoclax for treatment of acute myeloid leukemia

AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, today announced the European Medicines Agency has granted Orphan Drug Designation to venetoclax, an investigational, oral B-cell lymphoma-2 (BCL-2) inhibitor, for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). [More]
Lenalidomide trials show potential for expanding lymphoma, leukaemia indications

Lenalidomide trials show potential for expanding lymphoma, leukaemia indications

Positive findings from two clinical trials have been published for the immunomodulatory agent lenalidomide in patients with heavily pretreated mantle cell lymphoma, and in adults with T-cell leukaemia-lymphoma or peripheral T-cell lymphoma. [More]

Ibrutinib ‘new standard’ for relapsed, refractory mantle cell lymphoma

Phase III trial findings suggest that patients with relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma derive significantly greater benefits from ibrutinib than from temsirolimus therapy. [More]
Innovative Phase II trial evaluates effectiveness of diabetes medication for lymphoma

Innovative Phase II trial evaluates effectiveness of diabetes medication for lymphoma

Cancer, it could be said, grows like a weed: rapidly, invasively, and with devastating impact on the place it infests. Also like a weed, cancer can't grow on its own — it needs nourishment, which it drains from the human body, just as weeds take nutrients in the soil away from other plants. [More]
New approaches to treating leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma

New approaches to treating leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma

New, highly targeted treatment approaches for leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma to be presented today at the 57th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition represent a tremendous expansion of oral and intravenous therapy options for patients with blood cancers. [More]
Potential for chemotherapy-free standard of care in advanced mantle cell lymphoma

Potential for chemotherapy-free standard of care in advanced mantle cell lymphoma

The combination of ibrutinib and rituximab shows activity in patients with relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma, suggests research published in The Lancet Oncology. [More]
Health experts urge lawmakers, regulators to close loopholes in Orphan Drug Act

Health experts urge lawmakers, regulators to close loopholes in Orphan Drug Act

Health experts at Johns Hopkins Medicine are calling on lawmakers and regulators to close loopholes in the Orphan Drug Act they claim give drug companies millions of dollars in unintended and misplaced subsidies and tax breaks and fuel skyrocketing medication costs. [More]
Drug combination produces long-term responses in patients with mantle cell lymphoma

Drug combination produces long-term responses in patients with mantle cell lymphoma

New research from Moffitt Cancer Center and its collaborators find that the drug combination rituximab plus lenalidomide was effective and produced long-term responses in patients with mantle cell lymphoma. [More]
New campaign raises awareness of City of Hope's life-saving mission and impact

New campaign raises awareness of City of Hope's life-saving mission and impact

Imagine being diagnosed with one of the most rare and aggressive forms of breast cancer, given a five percent chance to live and told having children will never be an option. Southern California local Kommah McDowell was told just that— and then she went to City of Hope. [More]
Manchester researchers demonstrate safety, effectiveness of eltrombopag treatment in children with ITP

Manchester researchers demonstrate safety, effectiveness of eltrombopag treatment in children with ITP

Researchers in Manchester have demonstrated for the first time the relative safety and effectiveness of treatment, eltrombopag, in children with persistent or chronic immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), as part of an international duo of studies. [More]
Hetero Group launches biosimilar 'Rituximab' under brand name MABALL in India

Hetero Group launches biosimilar 'Rituximab' under brand name MABALL in India

Hetero Group, one of India's leading generic pharmaceutical companies and one of the world's largest global producer of anti-retroviral drugs for HIV/AIDS treatment, today announces the successful launch of its biosimilar 'Rituximab' under the brand name MABALL in India. [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]
ZEVALIN drug now available to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma patients in Hong Kong

ZEVALIN drug now available to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma patients in Hong Kong

CASI Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the acquisition, development and commercialization of innovative therapeutics addressing cancer and other unmet medical needs for the global market with a commercial focus on China, announces that ZEVALIN is now available at hospitals in Hong Kong to patients with indicated non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), including at Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital. [More]
New treatment option available for CLL patients in Manitoba and Saskatchewan

New treatment option available for CLL patients in Manitoba and Saskatchewan

People in Manitoba and Saskatchewan living with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) will now be able to access a new treatment option through the prescription drug insurance plans in both provinces. Earlier this week, GAZYVA (obinutuzumab) in combination with chlorambucil chemotherapy was added to benefits formularies of the Provincial Oncology Drug Programs at CancerCare Manitoba and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. [More]
Autoantibodies play major role in IPF patients with acute exacerbations

Autoantibodies play major role in IPF patients with acute exacerbations

Patients with acute exacerbations of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis responded well to therapies similar to those used to treat autoimmune diseases, according to findings published today in PLOS ONE. The study suggests that autoantibodies — implicated in many autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus — also play an important role in patients with acute exacerbations of IPF, a devastating lung disease. [More]
People with rheumatoid arthritis less likely to benefit from hepatitis B vaccine

People with rheumatoid arthritis less likely to benefit from hepatitis B vaccine

The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress (EULAR 2015) Press Conference showed that people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are less likely to be protected by hepatitis B vaccination than the general population. [More]
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