There is currently no cure for systemic sclerosis and treatment options focus on the management of symptoms. Tocilizumab is intended for the treatment of systemic sclerosis in adults. It is currently in development and early research indicates that it is able to target the key mechanisms thought to be responsible for the disease. If licensed, it could provide a new treatment option for adults with systemic sclerosis.
Tocilizumab is a drug that targets and blocks the IL-6 pathway and is currently used for the treatment of many diseases, including sJIA, rheumatoid arthritis and Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA). It is now being developed for patients with sJIA that may have been treated with, and have not responded to another drug called methotrexate.