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FDA boxed warnings about hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation risk relate only to ofatumumab and rituximab. Eminent hepatologists say everyone destined for immunosuppression should be tested for HBV first.

Two new studies say that patients' descriptions of back or hip pain may have clinically valid utiliy in diagnosis of their conditions.

In 96-week extension data from a Phase 3 trial the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor shows sustained improvements in symptoms of spondyloarthropathies, with no signs of new adverse events.

The firm Cadila is launching its biosimilar Exemptia in India for about 1/5 the price tag of Abbot's Humira. Most biosimilars to date are sold at roughly two-thirds the cost of the FDA-approved versions.

Rheumatologists (and others) have a long-awaited roadmap to guide them in treating non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, with important landmarks to help manage active and stable disease.

(ACR2014) A test for 14-3-3-eta, a joint-derived protein that contributes to erosion, proves a powerful aid to diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, and may also predict response to treatment.

(ACR2014) With FDA approval of the new IL-17A inhibitor expected soon, results of the latest clinical trials presented here show the expected benefits of a first-of-its-kind treatment for axial spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, and psoriasis.

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