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Swimming can be effective option for treating patients with fibromyalgia pain

Swimming can be effective option for treating patients with fibromyalgia pain

A study performed by researchers at the Federal University of São Paulo shows swimming is as effective as walking to relieve pain and improve quality of life for patients with fibromyalgia. [More]
Facebook advertising could be more effective way of identifying IBP patients

Facebook advertising could be more effective way of identifying IBP patients

The results of a UK study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress showed that busing Facebook to raise awareness about the symptoms of Inflammatory Back Pain (IBP) and the need to seek medical help early may reduce the delay in diagnosis and treatment. [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]
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]
Global research links genes to five common, hard-to-treat inflammatory diseases

Global research links genes to five common, hard-to-treat inflammatory diseases

A global study involving 50 different research centres has found hundreds of genes which cause five common, hard-to-treat and debilitating inflammatory diseases, paving the way to new treatments for these conditions [More]
Novartis announces FDA approval of Cosentyx for treatment of adult patients with AS and PsA

Novartis announces FDA approval of Cosentyx for treatment of adult patients with AS and PsA

Novartis announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration has approved Cosentyx (secukinumab) for two new indications - the treatment of adult patients with active ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and active psoriatic arthritis (PsA). [More]
NEJM publishes results of Cosentyx Phase III studies in ankylosing spondylitis

NEJM publishes results of Cosentyx Phase III studies in ankylosing spondylitis

Novartis announced today that the results of the MEASURE 1 and MEASURE 2 Phase III studies for Cosentyx® (secukinumab) in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) were published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). These pivotal studies demonstrated significant clinical improvements with Cosentyx versus placebo in reducing the signs and symptoms of active AS – a long-term, painful and debilitating inflammation of the spine. [More]
Genetic information of patients with IBD could provide road map for more effective treatments

Genetic information of patients with IBD could provide road map for more effective treatments

Genetic variation in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) appears to play a major role in determining how sick they will become and could provide a road map for more effective treatments. [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]
Novartis’ Cosentyx® show no progression in spinal damage in 80% of ankylosing spondylitis patients

Novartis’ Cosentyx® show no progression in spinal damage in 80% of ankylosing spondylitis patients

Novartis announced today late-breaking two year results for Cosentyx® (secukinumab) showing up to 80% of patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) had no radiographic progression in the spine on x-ray assessment. This is the first time that data on structural spinal progression in AS have been presented for an interleukin-17A (IL-17A) inhibitor. [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]
Scientists calculate precise measurements of heritability in nine pediatric-onset autoimmune diseases

Scientists calculate precise measurements of heritability in nine pediatric-onset autoimmune diseases

Scientists have calculated more precise measurements of heritability--the influence of underlying genes--in nine autoimmune diseases that begin in childhood. The research may strengthen researchers' abilities to better predict a child's risk for associated autoimmune diseases. [More]

ACR releases new recommendations for treatment of AS and non-radiographic axial SpA

The American College of Rheumatology has released new recommendations for the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (SpA). [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]
MSD announces EC approval of SIMPONI (golimumab) for treatment of adult patients with nr-axial SpA

MSD announces EC approval of SIMPONI (golimumab) for treatment of adult patients with nr-axial SpA

MSD (Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA) today announced that on 22 June the European Commission approved SIMPONI (golimumab) for the treatment of adult patients with severe, active non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axial SpA). [More]
Study shows that ankylosing spondylitis can be predicted by low birth weight

Study shows that ankylosing spondylitis can be predicted by low birth weight

The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress (EULAR 2015) Press Conference showed that a diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) can be predicted by low birth weight, having older siblings and hospitalisation for infection between the ages of 5-16 years. [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]
Celltrion receives approval for infliximab biosimilar antibody from Brazil's ANVISA

Celltrion receives approval for infliximab biosimilar antibody from Brazil's ANVISA

Hospira, Inc., a global leader in biosimilars, today announced that its partner, Celltrion – a global biopharmaceutical company – has received approval from ANVISA – the National Health Surveillance Agency in Brazil – for Remsima (infliximab), the first biosimilar monoclonal antibody approved for use in Brazil. [More]
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