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March 2018

Rigerimod plus Standard of Care for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

ystemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a long-term condition causing inflammation to the joints, skin and other organs. Symptoms presented are usually very general, including fever, joint pain and skin rash but can progress to the most severe, e.g. kidney failure. SLE typically has patterns of flare-ups where the condition gets worse for a period of time. The disease is likely to be caused by a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors and most commonly affects middle-aged women and those of African-Caribbean ethnicity.

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January 2018

Secukinumab for Non-Radiographic Axial Spondyloarthritis – second or subsequent line

First line treatment options for SpA normally include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, however, these are only effective in approximately half of patients. Secukinumab (Cosentyx) is a new treatment option that acts by inhibiting the processes that leads to bone loss and inflammation, thereby reducing the symptoms of the disease. It is administered by injection under the skin (subcutaneous). If licenced, secukinumab could provide an additional treatment option for patients who are intolerant or do not respond adequately to NSAIDs.

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November 2017

Upadacitinib for Adults with Moderate to Severe Active Rheumatoid Arthritis After Conventional Synthetic Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs) or Biologic DMARDs Failure

There is currently no cure for rheumatoid arthritis and treatment aims to improve quality of life and to prevent or reduce joint damage. The most common treatment options are steroids to reduce inflammation, medications to reduce pain and swelling, and medications that slow the progression of joint damage from RA. Upadacitinib is currently being developed …

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November 2017

Tonogenchoncel-L (Invossa) Gene Therapy for Regeneration of Cartilage in Patients with Degenerative Arthritis or Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Tonogenchoncel-L is a type of treatment which involves taking cells which make up the cartilage and altering them genetically to help stimulate the growth of the cartilage.

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