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Rilonacept down but not out for gout flare prevention

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – On May 8, a panel of advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration unanimously voted against rilonacept (Arcalyst, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals) for use in gout prevention, based on studies that only tested the drug for 16 weeks. Complete data for one of those trials, the...

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Hand surgery helpful for RA associated deformities

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Both hand function and appearance are improved in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients with severe deformities treated by silicone metacarpophalangeal joint arthroplasty (SMPA), researchers report in an April 17th on-line paper in Arthritis Care & Research. Dr. Kevin C....

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Step-up therapy favored for early rheumatoid arthritis

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – After about a year, patients with early aggressive rheumatoid arthritis have the same improvement in disease activity whether treated initially with methotrexate plus additional agents as needed or with immediate combination therapy, investigators report. “Initial use of...