OBJECTIVE: To assess the effectiveness of anti-TNFalpha agents by analysing the principal clinical outcomes in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: 1010 patients who received no clinical benefit from previous treatment with methotrexate and/or other DMARDs, were subsequently treated with one or more of the anti-TNFalpha agents. RESULTS: After the first six months of anti-TNFalpha therapy, 29% of the patients showed a good and 47% a moderate European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) response, and this positive result was maintained after two years of follow-up. Their median Disease Activity Score based on the erythrocyte sedimentation rate and the evaluation of 28 joints (DAS28) decreased from 5.94 at baseline to 4 after six months (p<0.001; Delta 1.94), and further significant responses were also observed after 12, 18 and 24 months; their median 36-month DAS28 score reflected mild disease activity. The median Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ) score fell from 1.34 at baseline to 1 after six months of therapy (Delta 0.34; p<0.05), and a further significant reduction was observed during the second and third year of follow up. CONCLUSIONS: Especially when combined with DMARDs, anti-TNFalpha drugs can induce a good clinical response regardless of the particular molecule used, whereas their combination with steroids does not seem to improve disease outcomes at any time during follow-up.
Anti-TNFα therapy in a cohort of rheumatoid arthritis patients : clinical outcomes / C. Bazzani, M. Filippini, R. Caporali, F. Pallavicini, E. Favalli, A. Marchesoni, F. Atzeni, P. Sarzi Puttini, R. Gorla. - In: AUTOIMMUNITY REVIEWS. - ISSN 1568-9972. - 8:3(2009), pp. 260-265.
|Titolo:||Anti-TNFα therapy in a cohort of rheumatoid arthritis patients : clinical outcomes|
|Parole Chiave:||Anti-TNFalpha therapy; rheumatoid arthritis; Clinical outcomes|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/16 - Reumatologia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2009|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.autrev.2008.11.001|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|