Latest Disease-modifying antirheumatic drug Stories

2005-09-14 16:37:45

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For rheumatoid arthritis (RA) sufferers who do not get adequate relief from so-called TNF-inhibitors such as etanercept or infliximab, a new drug called Orencia may provide significant clinical and functional benefits, according to a study published this week. Orencia (abatacept;Bristol-Myers Squibb) is the first of a new class of drugs for RA. On September 6, an advisory panel to the US Food and Drug Administration unanimously agreed that the benefits of...

2005-08-18 13:55:00

NEW YORK -- While women with rheumatoid arthritis outnumber men, the results of a recent French study indicate that sex has little effect on the severity of the disease. Nonetheless, women more frequently undergo joint surgery. In a study published in the Journal of Rheumatology, Dr. Laure Gossec, of Hopital Cochin, in Paris, and colleagues compared 133 male rheumatoid arthritis patients with 133 female patients with the same disease duration, about seven years. The team collected data on...

2005-08-15 14:19:42

For people with long-standing rheumatoid arthritis, combined treatment with the new "biologic" drug adalimumab and methotrexate is about five times more effective than methotrexate alone, according to a new systematic review of studies. In six randomized controlled trials, comprising 2381 people with at least 10 years of the disease, the authors report that adalimumab (Humira) plus methotrexate decreased pain and swelling in patients who fail to respond to standard treatment. Adalimumab "is...

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  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.