Rheumatology

Senate Bill Seeks to Limit Use of Step Therapy in Employer Health Plans

March 27th 2021, 10:45am

Article

The bipartisan bill spells out 5 step therapy exemptions for patients by amending the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.

Cigna Dangles $500 to Persuade Patients to Switch Psoriasis Drugs

March 26th 2021, 9:58pm

Article

As the first quarter of 2021 ends, patients choosing to keep using secukinumab may be offered an inducement to switch to another biologic, ixekizumab.

Nail Psoriasis Needs Common Diagnosis, Assessment Standards, Review Says

March 19th 2021, 11:00am

Article

There is a lack of standards for diagnosing and treating nail psoriasis, a situation needing attention because the condition is often a precursor to psoriatic arthritis.

Dementia Tied to Most Common Form of Lupus, Study Finds

March 17th 2021, 5:00pm

Article

While an association was found between dementia and the most common form of lupus, links to other autoimmune diseases—rheumatic arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome, and Behcet’s disease—were not found.

HRQoL in Plaque Psoriasis Improves With Biologics, Review Says

March 13th 2021, 6:15pm

Article

Five biologics used in the treatment of adult patients with plaque psoriasis have been found to improve health-related quality of life.

Is Using PASI 100 Realistic in a Real-Life Setting?

March 12th 2021, 9:15pm

Article

More real-world evidence is needed to determine what role a score of 100 on the Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) might have in daily clinical practice, according to a recent review.

Older Age Affects Initial Dosage of MTX Among Patients With RA

March 5th 2021, 6:26pm

Article

Elderly onset rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can be brought under control with a lower methotrexate (MTX) dosage than that required for young-onset disease.

Care Disparities Persist Among White, Minority Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis

March 4th 2021, 10:15pm

Article

A recent study found that patients living in an an area with low socioeconomic status were less likely to be prescribed biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs if they were considered low-income and were male and African American.

Permanent Disability Claims for RA May Rise in Years Following COVID-19 Crisis

February 27th 2021, 5:15pm

Article

From 1999 to 2015, permanent disability claims for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) spiked during periods of economic recessions, suggesting that the COVID-19 pandemic may create a similar effect in the near future.

Using a Novel Inflammation Index to Predict Psoriasis Onset

February 27th 2021, 3:00am

Article

The novel systemic-immune inflammation index (SII) can be used to predict the onset of psoriasis.