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  • Lauper, Kim; Mongin, Denis; Iannone, Florenzo; Kristianslund, Eirik K.; Kvien, Tore K.; Nordström, Dan C.; Pavelka, Karel; Pombo-Suarez, Manuel; Rotar, Ziga; Santos, Maria J.; Codreanu, Catalin; Lukina, Galina; Gale, Sara L.; John, Markus; Luder, Yves; Courvoisier, Delphine S.; Gabay, Cem (2020)
    Objectives To compare treatment effectiveness in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients naïve to biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (bDMARDs) treated with tocilizumab (TCZ) or TNF-inhibitor (TNFi) with (-combo) or without (-mono) conventional synthetic DMARDs (csDMARDs). Methods Patients with RA across 7 European registries, naïve to bDMARDs who initiated treatment with TCZ or TNFi from 2009 to 2016 were included. Drug retention rate was analyzed using Kaplan–Meier and Cox models, and CDAI over time by mixed models. The proportions of patients reaching CDAI low disease activity (LDA) and remission after one year were corrected for attrition. Results 6713 TNFi-combo, 3762 TNFi-mono, 646 TCZ-combo and 384 TCZ-mono were eligible. Crude median retention was 3.67 years (95%CI 3.41-3.83) for TNFi-combo, 4.14 (3.77-4.62) for TNFi-mono, 2.98 (2.76-3.34) for TCZ-combo and 3.63 years (3.34-5.03) for TCZ-mono. After adjustment for covariates, country and year of treatment initiation stratification, hazards of discontinuation were lower for TCZ-mono (0.60, 95% CI 0.52-0.69) and TCZ-combo (0.66, 95% CI 0.54-0.81) compared to TNFi-combo. Adjusted CDAI evolution was not significantly different between groups. CDAI LDA and remission corrected for attrition were similar between TCZ with or without csDMARDs and TNFi-combo. Conclusion In routine care across 7 European countries, the adjusted drug retention, adjusted CDAI over time and attrition-corrected response proportion for RA patients were similar for bio-naïve patients if treated with TNFi-combo, TCZ-combo or TCZ-mono.
  • Tarkiainen, Maarit; Tynjälä, Pirjo; Vähäsalo, Paula; Kröger, Liisa; Aalto, Kristiina; Lahdenne, Pekka (2019)
    Background Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) may cause significant impairment in health-related quality of life (HrQoL), despite effective therapies. The aim of this study was to assess HrQoL during first-year treatment in patients with new-onset polyarticular JIA, and to compare treatment strategies. Methods In ACUTE-JIA Study, 60 patients with new-onset JIA were randomized to receive either infliximab with methotrexate (IFX+MTX); a triple therapy of methotrexate, hydroxychloroquine, and sulfasalazine (Triple); or methotrexate monotherapy (MTX). Efficacy was measured with American College of Rheumatology pediatric (ACRp) score, and juvenile arthritis disease activity score (JADAS). HrQoL was evaluated with Child Health Questionnaire (CHQ), which includes physical and psychosocial summary scores (PhS and PsS). Linear mixed models were utilized to compare groups over time. Results In the whole group of 60 patients, mean physical summary score (PhS) improved from 26.2 (SD 8.7) at week 0 to 49.7 (SD 13.2) at week 54 (p=0.046). Mean improvement of PhS was 20.3 (95% CI -15.5 to 56.2); 22.6 (-19.5 to 64.7); and 26.6 (-12.1 to 65.3) in IFX+MTX, Triple, and MTX, respectively. Changes in psychosocial summary score (PsS) were smaller: from 51.0 (SD 8.5) to 54.7 (6.3) (p=0.019) in all patients. No differences between the three treatment groups were detected in either of the measures. In multivariate analyses, Child Health Assessment Questionnaire (CHAQ), pain VAS, and time spent in inactive disease contributed to improvement in PhS; gender and CHAQ to PsS. Conclusions HrQol improved during the first year on therapy for JIA irrespective of the treatment strategy. The timing of change in the different dimensions of HrQoL varied; improvement occurred earlier in physical than psychosocial domains of HrQol.
  • Tarkiainen, Maarit; Tynjälä, Pirjo; Vähäsalo, Paula; Kröger, Liisa; Aalto, Kristiina; Lahdenne, Pekka (BioMed Central, 2019)
    Abstract Background Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) may cause significant impairment in health-related quality of life (HrQoL), despite effective therapies. The aim of this study was to assess HrQoL during first-year treatment in patients with new-onset polyarticular JIA, and to compare treatment strategies. Methods In ACUTE-JIA Study, 60 patients with new-onset JIA were randomized to receive either infliximab with methotrexate (IFX+MTX); a triple therapy of methotrexate, hydroxychloroquine, and sulfasalazine (Triple); or methotrexate monotherapy (MTX). Efficacy was measured with American College of Rheumatology pediatric (ACRp) score, and juvenile arthritis disease activity score (JADAS). HrQoL was evaluated with Child Health Questionnaire (CHQ), which includes physical and psychosocial summary scores (PhS and PsS). Linear mixed models were utilized to compare groups over time. Results In the whole group of 60 patients, mean physical summary score (PhS) improved from 26.2 (SD 8.7) at week 0 to 49.7 (SD 13.2) at week 54 (p=0.046). Mean improvement of PhS was 20.3 (95% CI -15.5 to 56.2); 22.6 (-19.5 to 64.7); and 26.6 (-12.1 to 65.3) in IFX+MTX, Triple, and MTX, respectively. Changes in psychosocial summary score (PsS) were smaller: from 51.0 (SD 8.5) to 54.7 (6.3) (p=0.019) in all patients. No differences between the three treatment groups were detected in either of the measures. In multivariate analyses, Child Health Assessment Questionnaire (CHAQ), pain VAS, and time spent in inactive disease contributed to improvement in PhS; gender and CHAQ to PsS. Conclusions HrQol improved during the first year on therapy for JIA irrespective of the treatment strategy. The timing of change in the different dimensions of HrQoL varied; improvement occurred earlier in physical than psychosocial domains of HrQol. Trial registration This study was registered within the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (http://www.hus.fi) clinical trials, number 211864 in October 2002, and later on with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT01015547.
  • NEO-RACo Study Grp (2018)
    Adverse events (AEs) are common during disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) treatment, but their influence on treatment results is unclear. We studied AEs in relation to disease activity in early rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Ninety-nine patients started intensive treatment with three conventional synthetic DMARDs (csDMARDs) and oral prednisolone, and were randomized to a 6-month induction treatment with infliximab or placebo. All AEs during the first 12 months of treatment were recorded. We scored each AE based on severity (scale 1-4) and defined the burden of AEs as the sum of these scores. Patients were divided into tertiles according to the burden of AEs. As outcomes, we assessed 28-joint disease activity score (DAS28) levels and remission rates at 12 and 24 months. Three hundred thirty-one AEs in 99 patients were reported, and 27 (8%) were categorized as severe or serious. Mean burden of AEs per patient was 5.4 +/- 4.3. Seventy-nine AEs (24%) led to temporary (n = 52) or permanent (n = 27) csDMARD discontinuation. Of discontinuations, 1, 21, and 57 were detected in the first, second, and third tertiles, respectively. DAS28 remission rates decreased across tertiles at 12 months (94, 94, and 76%; p for linearity 0.029) and at 24 months (90, 86, and 70%; p for linearity 0.021). Mean DAS28 levels increased across tertiles at 12 months (1.5 +/- 1.0, 1.7 +/- 0.9, and 1.9 +/- 1.2; p for linearity 0.021) and at 24 months (1.4 +/- 0.8, 1.6 +/- 1.0, and 1.9 +/- 1.1; p for linearity 0.007). High burden of AEs is associated with higher disease activity and lower likelihood of remission in early RA.
  • Vuorela, Marjo; Mars, Nina J.; Salonen, Juha; Kauppi, Markku J. (2019)