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Can the "Formulary Police" Be Stopped?

Demands for prior approvals (PAs) have begun to spread, virus-like, from top-dollar biologics to familiar standards such as methotrexate. A quick survey by an Alabama rheumatologist reveals the additional high cost to practices of merely dealing with all those PAs. And who's practicing rheumatology now -- you or those health-plan clerks? What can be done? He offers a solution ...

Systemic Sclerosis

Low Bacteroidetes levels may suggest higher disease activity as in Crohn and other inflammatory diseases.


Research shows that for women with autoimmune disease, the increase risk of infection during pregnancy is associated with steroids, not DMARDs.

Good early management of pulmonary hypertension in patients with systemic sclerosis leads to better outcomes and fewer complications, researchers report.

Systemic sclerosis patients with pulmonary hypertension and heart dysfunction are more likely to succumb from scleroderma-related causes, researchers report.

Raynaud’s phenomenon (©Twinschoice/Shutterstock.com)

In this slideshow, we summarize the difference between primary and secondary Raynaud’s phenomenon and recommended treatments.

Cold hands (©ImagePointFr/Shutterstock.com)

The onset of Raynaud's phenomenon at 40 years could predict whether a connective tissue disease will develop.


The next Rheumatology Journal Club Twitter chat will be from 4-5 p.m. and 10-11 p.m. EST, June 2. The chat will focus on tocilizumab for systemic sclerosis.


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