There have been no studies to date assessing the outcome of biologic-treated patients who undergo complete excision of a NMSC and continue with biologic therapy. Mariette et al. Doran MF, Crowson CS, Pond GR, O'Fallon WM, Gabriel SE. Mariette X, Matucci-Cerinic M, Pavelka K et al. Screening for HCV infection is at present based on the detection of anti-HCV antibodies. The BSRBR-RA compared 190 RA patients with a past history of CIS of the cervix who were receiving anti-TNF therapy (73% of whom started anti-TNF therapy within 10 years of CIS) against csDMARD controls [146]. A small study from the BSRBR-RA followed up 23 patients with a prior malignancy who had received RTX as a first biologic for RA. Dougados et al. Individuals with ongoing risk factors for hepatitis B infection [as outlined in recommendation (i) for active TB] should undergo immunization prior to starting anti-TNF treatment. Higher rates of MM were also observed in the TNF group compared with those receiving csDMARD; however, again statistical significance was not achieved (IRR = 1.14, 95% CI: 0.8, 1.6). In conclusion, given the theoretical risks and lack of high-quality data, we recommend that the recommendations supported by evidence for anti-TNF therapy should be applied to the non-anti-TNF biologics. Fifty-three new malignancies were identified in this cohort, with no significant difference in the rate of new malignancies between groups. Infection risk with the lower dose of 4 mg/kg was lower. Raaschou P, Frisell T, Askling J; ARTIS Study Group. Visvanathan S, Keenan GF, Baker DG, Levinson AI, Wagner CL. In a retrospective cohort study looking back over 45 months, Machado-Alba et al. has received sponsorship to attend meetings by Pfizer and UCB and received honoraria for speaking for Eli Lilly. [281] described reduced immunogenicity in organ transplant recipients. Although there have been some inconsistencies between the results from various analyses, the majority of studies have found a significant association between anti-TNF drugs in patients with RA and a higher risk of serious infection. RTX or ABA may be considered a first-line biologic in patients with ILD (grade 2C, SOA 84%). Comment on: complications and features after joint surgery in rheumatoid arthritis patients treated with tumour necrosis factor-alpha blockers: perioperative interruption of tumour necrosis factor-alpha blockers decreases complications? FVC <60% and DLCO <40% of predicted values) are independent predictors of early death in patients with IPF. DMARDs must be used with caution in chronic kidney disease, with appropriate dose reduction and increased frequency of monitoring (GRADE 1C, 97%). In the AMPLE study [45], an RCT comparing the safety and efficacy of s.c. ABA vs ADA in patients with RA over 2 years, numerically lower rates of infection were observed in the ABA arm (3.8%) compared with ADA (5.8%); however, this study was not powered to detect a significant difference in infection rates. Perez-Alvarez R, Diaz-Lagares C, Garcia-Hernandez F et al. There is a lack of data regarding the risk of malignancy recurrence in patients with PsA or AS treated with anti-TNF therapy. As questions in many commonly encountered clinical scenarios remain unanswered, it is essential that data on the safety of these products continue to be captured and reported, to inform further updates of this guideline. Identifying latent TB in patients due to start biologic treatment has been problematic as the TST and, to a lesser extent, IGRA assays are thought to be less reliable in immunosuppressed patients [61, 62]. Studies to date suggest that though biologic therapy does not appear to have a detrimental effect on HCV infection, it should continue to be used only with caution in such patients, following a risk–benefit decision made with a hepatologist (grade 1C, SOA 96%). female sexual contacts of men who have sex with men), No limitation of physical activity. The guideline does not cover the safety aspects of csDMARDs. Funding: No specific funding was received from any bodies in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors to carry out the work described in this manuscript. Pragmatically we suggest that surgery should be arranged for the week after the next scheduled dose of anti-TNF, and longer still (preferably five half-lives) if the surgery is deemed to be of especially high infection risk by the surgical team. Patients should be followed carefully by means of ALT and HBV DNA testing and treated with anti-viral therapy upon confirmation of HBV reactivation before ALT elevation. Photocatalytic-persulfate- oxidation for diclofenac removal from aqueous solutions: Modeling, optimization and biotoxicity test assessment. Dose increases should be monitored by FBC, creatinine/calculated GFR, ALT and/or AST and albumin every 2 weeks until on stable dose for 6 weeks then revert to previous schedule (GRADE 2B, 97%). Studies have shown that IL-6 is associated with exacerbation of ischaemic heart disease and cardiomyopathy [155]. Rheumatology Department, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton, UK. Although recent studies have reassuringly not found a significant effect of TNF inhibitors on cardiac failure [153, 154], early clinical trials did report a detrimental association [150–152]. The GRADE method was used to assess the quality of evidence and the strength of recommendation [7]. There is no evidence on the optimal monitoring requirements for patients receiving biologics. In a French cohort of patients with early RA, the seroprevalence of HBV and HCV infection was reported as 0.12 and 0.86%, respectively [88]. Although two of these studies found a higher risk of lymphoma in RA patients receiving anti-TNF agents compared with the general population [130, 131], reassuringly none of them found a significant difference between rates of lymphoma in RA patients receiving anti-TNF therapy compared with control RA patients. M.B. We suggest that while prior PUVA or phototherapy exposure is not necessarily a contraindication for this group of drugs, patients should be discussed with a dermatology specialist and treatment decisions made on a case by case basis. [252] identified 379 patients affected by an autoimmune condition induced by an anti-TNF through a Medline search up to May 2008. IFX (as opposed to ADA or ETN) was associated with the highest frequency of elevations. In terms of travel advice, yellow fever is a live vaccine and must not be given, and therefore patients should be advised not to travel to countries requiring this (e.g. [57] assessed the safety data of both GOL and CZB in patients with rheumatic disease and identified 8 cases of active TB in 3387 patients with rheumatic disease treated with GOL (7 of the 8 TB cases occurred in TB-endemic countries, where the TB incidence is 50–299 cases per 100 000 inhabitants) and 10 cases of active TB in 3167 patients with RA treated with CZB. In patients with deranged liver biochemistry, hepatotoxic DMARDs should be used with caution, with careful attention to trends in test results (GRADE 1C, 100%). All other authors have declared no conflicts of interest. For this reason it is not recommended for those already on immunosuppressive medication, such as AZA (>3.0 mg/kg/day), ciclosporin, MTX (>25 mg/week), CYC, LEF or equivalent 40 mg prednisolone/day); this group will cover a significant proportion of patients due to start anti-TNF therapy. Search for other works by this author on: Rheumatology Department, University Hospitals of Morecombe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, Lancaster, UK, Rheumatology Department, Mid Essex hospitals NHS Trust, Chelmsford, UK, MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK. As RCTs have, almost universally, excluded patients with a past history of malignancy, any relevant data have been collected from observational cohort studies. This should be administered preferably >14 days before starting biologic therapy (grade 2C, SOA 97%). Only recommendations with a mean SOA score of ⩾7 plus ⩾75% respondents scoring ⩾7 were included. Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) should be performed as clinically indicated, usually every 4–6 months (grade 2C, SOA 99%). Kapetanovic MC, Saxne T, Nilsson JA, Geborek P. Elkayam O, Bashkin A, Mandelboim M et al. Relatively few large long-term studies have investigated the risk of TB reactivation with non-anti-TNF biologics. General practitioners, physicians in other specialties and surgeons who manage patients treated with biologic therapies may also find this guideline useful. BSRBR-RA included data from 11 798 RA patients receiving ADA, ETN or INF, and 3598 csDMARD controls. Baseline assessment should include height, weight, blood pressure and laboratory evaluation [full blood count (FBC), calculated glomerular filtration rate (GFR), alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and/or asparate aminotransferase (AST), albumin; GRADE 1C, 97%]. In these individuals even when active disease has been excluded, the annual risk of TB (reactivation) is much higher than the general population rate, so the risk–benefit analysis favours chemoprophylaxis (grade 1C, SOA 98%). The study was, however, not powered to detect differences of small magnitude. When appropriate, patients should be advised about the impact of DMARD therapy upon fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding (GRADE 1B, 100%). 2016-01-18T00:00:00. Similarly, there appears to be a potential beneficial effect of anti-TNF therapy on CV events but further data are required before firm conclusions can be drawn. Of the six published major studies, only one study [290] identified an increased risk associated with peri-operative anti-TNF exposure, but the authors recommended that anti-TNF therapy should be stopped for a duration of three to five times their half-lives pre-operatively and restarted once the wound healing is deemed satisfactory (10–14 days). There is conflicting evidence regarding the risk of skin cancers with anti-TNF therapy; patients should be advised of the need for preventative skin care, skin surveillance and prompt reporting of new persistent skin lesions (grade 1B, SOA 96%). HZ vaccine is now recommended in the UK for all individuals aged 70–79 and a national vaccination programme is underway. There was no correlation between peri-operative disease activity, dose of ETN (25 vs 50 mg) or preoperative waiting period off biologics (<14 or >14 days) and likelihood of adverse events. Contact rheumatology team urgently and consider interruption in treatment if any of the following develop: white cell count <3.5 × 109/l; mean cell volume >105 fL; neutrophils <1.6 × 109/l; creatinine increase >30% over 12 months and/or calculated GFR <60 ml/min; unexplained eosinophilia >0.5 × 109/l; ALT and/or AST >100 U/l; platelet count <140 × 109/l; unexplained reduction in albumin <30 g/l (GRADE 1C, 99%). has received sponsorship to attend a national meeting by Pfizer. The combination of MTX and anti-TNF did not appear to further increase the risk of OI above that of anti-TNF alone. If the annual risk of TB on anti-TNF treatment is higher than the risk of anti-TB therapy-induced hepatitis, then the risk–benefit analysis favours chemoprophylaxis; if lower, the risk–benefit calculation favours observation and investigation of symptoms [80]. Biologic therapies are not without potential risk, and hence it is important that clinicians are aware of these risks and ensure that appropriate precautions are taken to minimize t… Full-blown anti-TNF induced lupus or vasculitis remains rare. Eligible individuals who have not received Zostavax should receive a single dose of vaccine at the earliest opportunity and at least 14 days before starting immunosuppressive therapy. The conclusion was that UK physicians were appropriately selecting patients suitable for anti-TNF therapy when underlying ILD was present. children of a patient due to start biologic therapy who have not had varicella zoster). Until further evidence is available, and considering the balance between the potential risk of peri-operative complications vs the potential for disease flare if patients are without therapy for a prolonged period of time, we suggest that RTX is stopped at least 3–6 months prior to elective surgery; i.v. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. 1 It is a devastating disease, with drastic consequences for most individuals, for example cardiovascular risks, an increased likelihood of work instability, and disability. The guideline, an update to the BSR/ BHPR 2008 document, describes measures to ensure safe prescribing of non-biological DMARDs in adults (>16 years old), covering pretreatment screening, the impact of co-morbidities, monitoring for toxicity, treatment dur- ing intercurrent illness or surgery, and shared care guidelines. A meta-analysis of 44 RCTs found the odds of serious infection with anti-TNF agents to be lowest for ETN (pooled OR = 0.73, 95% CI: 0.45, 1.20 vs 1.42, 95% CI: 1.13, 178) for all anti-TNF agents combined) [26]. Another Japanese study of orthopaedic surgery found no statistically significant increase in the incidence of delayed wound healing or superficial infection with anti-TNF agents [288]. In the BSRBR-RA cohort, only 4 of the 13 patients who developed psoriasis in the first 6 months of anti-TNF therapy stopped treatment due to psoriasis; all reported improvement in psoriasis after stopping therapy [258]. Kleiter I, Ayzenberg I, Araki M, Yamamura T, Gold R. Hales CM, Harpaz R, Ortega-Sanchez I, Bialek SR. Annunziato P, Gershon AA. Following an infusion of i.v. [189] looking at administrative data from a large US health plan showed that there was no increased risk of GI perforation with the use of non-TCZ biologics or MTX, but there was an increased risk with concomitant use of steroids and NSAIDs. TNF blockade was shown to cause worsening of demyelinating disease in early studies of an anti-TNF therapy, in which patients with active multiple sclerosis (MS) documented an increase in MS flares on this therapy [177]. Based on a systematic literature review and pregnancy exposure data from several registries, statements on the compatibility of antirheumatic drugs during pregnancy and lactation were developed. Patients should be monitored every 3 months with close involvement with a TB specialist throughout. As this risk is likely to be highest in those patients with more severe disease, it is important that disease activity is considered as a confounder when assessing any relationship between anti-TNF use and lymphoma in this group. Data from the BSRBR-RA [291] showed that the risk of serious post-operative infection was nearly 2-fold higher in patients who received anti-TNF therapy in the 28 days prior to surgery than in those who were not exposed. For clinically urgent abnormalities, emergency access to specialist rheumatology advice, with response within one working day, should be available as per National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines. 2) Fortnightly for 2 months. The most recent Cochrane review of 106 controlled trials, including 42 330 patients with RA, found that patients receiving standard dose biologic therapies were at a 27% higher odds of serious infection compared with controls [20], findings consistent with the same author’s earlier Cochrane review [21]. Over the first 5 years of treatment the proportion of patients with IgM but not IgG or IgA below the lower limit of normal continued to increase. Using GRADE, recommendations were categorized as either strong (denoted by 1) or weak (denoted by 2), according to the balance between benefits and risks. A literature review by Collamer and Battafarano [262] found that around 50% of patients who switch to an alternative ant-TNF agent due to psoriasis will not experience a recurrence of their lesions. Despite absence of high-quality evidence, in an era of advances in therapeutic options the advice remains to aim for viral control before immunosuppression. Kubota A, Nakamura T, Miyazaki Y, Sekiguchi M, Suguro T. Ruyssen-Witrand A, Gossec L, Salliot C et al. Synthetic or csDMARDs. Accreditation is valid for 5 years from 10 June 2013. Urinalysis for blood and protein prior to each dose, Annual eye assessment (ideally including optical coherence tomography) if continued for >5 years, Standard monitoring schedule for 12 months then no routine monitoring needed, Copyright © 2020 British Society for Rheumatology. In contrast, studies using the Swedish ARTIS [121] and Danish DANBIO [122] registries have reported higher rates of invasive cervical cancer and colon cancer, respectively, in anti-TNF-treated RA individuals compared with those receiving csDMARD. While there is limited evidence in this area, it is reported that HIV positive individuals with reduced CD4 counts and clinical TB, who are even more immunosuppressed than those on anti-TNF treatment, respond equally well to TB treatment as those who are HIV negative [237]. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease characterised by inflammation of the synovial tissue in joints causing swelling, pain, stiffness and joint destruction. To date, there have been no safety signals for RTX, TCZ, ABA or UST in malignancy. Any decision to halt treatment should be made in accordance with the guidance in the TCZ SPC (grade 2C, SOA 96%). This study had no comparator, so conclusions are difficult to draw. There are no data for the two-dose schedule for immunocompromised patients, and therefore the three-dose schedule should be given if a girl has already started or is due to start anti-TNF therapy. Patients with IA should be offered verbal and written information to improve their understanding of their specific condition and its management. Clinicians and patients should be aware that the risk of infection increases as serum IgG levels fall below normal. Azathioprine. Compliance with There was a significantly lower risk for acute coronary syndrome among RA patients, who were exposed to anti-TNF therapy compared with the biologic naïve patients (HR = 0.82, 95% CI: 0.70, 0.95). Quick Reference Guide – Ongoing Monitoring Requirements for Disease Modifying Anti-rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs) Rachael Pugh, Prescribing Adviser & Abigail Cowan, Prescribing Advisers, Medicines Management Team, MLCSU Written: March 2016 Approved: MCGT June 2016 Review date: June 2019 DMARD FBC U&Es/serum creatinine LFTs Other BP Although there is no evidence to suggest an absolute total Ig, IgM or IgG threshold where RTX should not be given, clinicians and patients should be aware that the risk of serious infection increases as serum IgG level falls. A meta-analysis by Hua et al. A history of previous neutropaenia on csDMARD therapy and a low baseline neutrophil count were shown to be predictors of neutropaenia. or s.c. TCZ might need close monitoring in the post-operative period as the conventional indicators of sepsis (fever and acute phase response) might not be reliable. When appropriate, patients should be advised about the impact of DMARD therapy upon fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding (GRADE 1B, 100%). Treatment should be stopped if PML develops. Interestingly, these events were not associated with infection. However, a closer correlation has been found between IGRA and risk factors for latent TB infection, including personal history, TB contact history and a suggestive CXR [65, 70]. This guideline has been developed in line with BSR’s guideline protocol. This may be manageable for those biologic agents with reasonably short half-lives, but with agents such as ADA and ABA, where five times the half-life equates to >2 months, cessation for this prolonged period of time is likely to lead to potentially significant (and possibly irreversible) declines in the disease control and major flare, often requiring steroid therapy (and the associated risks, which may be higher than biologic therapy). The number of cases was limited in this study, with only 38 new ILD cases (23 on anti-TNF) among the 8417 persons included (0.4%). As UST is a relatively new biologic drug, large-scale registry data are currently unavailable. However, some guidelines suggest that monitoring is required every 3 months [ RCN, 2015 ]. Health-care professionals should have a high index of suspicion for atypical/OIs, especially if current or recent steroid use. Shingles should be treated conventionally (grade 2C, SOA 94%). Similarly, the DANBIO registry found no new genital malignancies among 208 patients with RA, AS or PsA and a past history of cervical dysplasia or CIS, who had been treated with anti-TNF therapy [147]. Most ILDs share a restrictive pattern, with reductions in lung volumes and a reduced diffusing capacity for carbon monoxide (DLCO). Atzeni F, Sarzi-Puttini P, Botsios C et al. This is primarily to ensure that anti-TB treatment is tolerated, especially in what is often a population over 55 years of age. [172] reported 43 cases of uveitis in patients who were receiving anti-TNF treatment over a period of 8 years. RA patients receiving IFX, ETN or ADA had a 37% higher risk of shingles (adjusted hazard ratio (aHR) 1.37, 95% CI: 1, 2.92) compared with csDMARD users. TB drug treatment for the prevention of TB, also known as chemoprophylaxis, can reduce the risk of a first episode of active TB occurring in people with latent TB. Until more data are available, we feel that it is appropriate to recommend that VZIG is considered as a post-exposure prophylaxis for patients receiving biologic therapies who are exposed to varicella infection in whom the risks of infection are perceived to be high. Singanayagam A, Manalan K, Sridhar S et al. 3) Monthly throughout treatment. Similarly, there is a paucity of longer term observational safety data for any of the biosimilar therapies recently licensed and in increasing use worldwide. 2017 Jun 1;56(6):865-868. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kew479. Caution should be exercised in the use of biologics in such patients. The guideline does not cover the use of biologic therapy for conditions other than RA, axial SpA including AS and PsA, nor safety in individuals aged <18 years. Three case series totalling 26 patients with IA and chronic HCV treated with either ETN, ABA or INF followed up to 36 months, did not show any significant increase in HCV titre over a 36-month follow-up [99–101]. A post hoc retrospective pooled analysis [18] of 3986 patients who received TCZ found 0.34 independently adjudicated major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) per 100 patient-years in 24 weeks of follow-up. Over a total follow-up time of 81 person-years, no increased rate of further malignancy was observed compared with csDMARD controls (unadjusted HR = 0.45, 95% CI: 0.11, 1.87). Most observational studies using national registry data have also been reassuring; recent studies from BSRBR-RA [118], BIOBADASER [119] and German RABBIT [120] registries have all failed to show a significant association between anti-TNF use in RA and overall malignancy, with up to 52 549 patient-years exposure. TCZ administration, but the ANC recovered by the next infusion 4 weeks later. Data from the BSRBR-RA showed no significant difference in the incidence of first MI between RA patients taking TNF inhibitors and csDMARD-treated RA controls [158]. A Dutch retrospective study [282] of 1219 surgical procedures in RA patients found that peri-operative continuation of anti-TNF therapy did not seem to be an important risk factor for surgical site infection. Recent results from several further meta-analyses of both RCTs [26, 109–115] and observational studies [116, 117] have been reassuring and have failed to find a significant association between anti-TNF use and overall malignancy in patients with RA. For patients on immunosuppressive therapy with a normal CXR, a TST is not helpful, as immunosuppression hinders interpretation (grade 2C, SOA 98%). Patients with a history of psoriasis may be at further increased risk of skin malignancy (in addition to that of anti-TNF therapy) due to previous phototherapy with UVB or PUVA [141]. Patients with severe disease, who already have a higher risk of infection, are more likely to receive biologic therapies; hence when evaluating the association between a drug and infection risk, it can be difficult to determine whether the infection risk is drug-related or is in keeping with that expected for the disease severity. mid-African nations). Among the 13 patients for whom follow-up data were available, one patient experienced no resolution, nine patients had partial resolution and three patients had complete resolution of Guillain–Barré syndrome following therapy. When should therapy be interrupted? Patients who do not have a positive history of varicella zoster (chickenpox) infection should have a varicella zoster virus antibody test. TCZ has been noted to cause an initial rise in serum lipids [187, 221, 231], but long-term extension studies have shown them to broadly stabilize within 3 months [232]. 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