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RheumNow Podcast – Do More DMARDs Mean More Switching? (9.17.2021)

September 17, 2021

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In this episode, Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and journal articles from the past week on RheumNow.com

Metanalysis of JAK inhibition (tofacitinib & ruxolitinib) in alopecia areata - 12 studies, 346 Pts, Rx success (using SALT50 resp) was 66%, not influenced by age, sex, subtype. Alopecia recurrence seen w/in 3 mos of JAK D/C (in74%) https://t.co/CBSy4Kci80

Population study shows risk of H. Zoster in adults to be high among bDMARD and CTX, also increased w/ AZA and HCQ but not MTX SSZ or LEF users. Data from 254065, 1,826311 Pt-Yrs F/U, 6295 new DMARD users, 17024 incident HZ https://t.co/1TeOAWN9LB

MMWR reports that during the COVID Delta variant era, Vaccination against COVID-19: - Reduces risk of COVID-19 infection 5X - Reduces risk of COVID-19 Hospitalization ⋗10X - Reduces risk of COVID-19 DEATH 10X https://t.co/rMRY84xX5F

Study of 265 students w/ a positive COVID-19 test looked at 378 close contacts. Infx rates w both persons masked -7.7%, but when unmasked-32.4% (aORs = 4.9) https://t.co/fYdH33JbWR

Effect of Diet on COVID Outcomes Probenecid, an OAT3 inhibitor, has inhibitory effects on RNA viruses (influenza, RSV) & decreases ACE2 expression. May have utility in COVID-19 as it was shown to inhibit SARS-CoV-2 replication in animal modelshttps://t.co/MClSjpqpSa

Mease and colleagues have catalogued the current practices assessed in the CORRONA registry, noting that increased DMARD switching and decreased time on a given therapy by US physicians. https://t.co/cIWZw6KsuI

A retrospective study of systemic sclerosis patients shows that acute hospitalization and mortality were not uncommon and were often linked to SSc-related lung disease. #RheumNow https://t.co/s5wSlndTrt

Cases and Questions (AKA Back Talk) “What treatment do you use after 2 years of teraparitide in a woman with a hx of OP, spiral fracture while on a bisphosphonate”? Forteo PI. “Do you have any inside info on the vaccines for COVID-19 during pregnancy?” OCOG Statement “Status of the Tocilizumab Shortage”? Genentech Statement “How would you treat polyarthritis in a renal transplant patient?”

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