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Certolizumab for rheumatoid arthritis


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CER6927
2014 Vol.32, N°3
PI 0415, PF 0423
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PMID: 24447441 [PubMed]

Received: 30/08/2013
Accepted : 20/11/2013
In Press: 20/01/2014
Published: 26/05/2014

Abstract

This is a review of the pharmacology of certolizumab pegol and its efficacy and safety in the treatment of patients with rheumatoid arthritis refractory to synthetic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs). Certolizumab is a new anti-TNF-α biologic agent injected subcutaneously with an innovative molecular structure and unique pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic properties. Data from controlled clinical trials indicate that the drug is effective in reducing disease activity and disability. It also inhibits radiographic progression. Certolizumab administration has an acceptable safety profile. The clinical data available suggest that the nature of adverse events is generally comparable to that of other TNF-α blockers. Given its rapid onset of action certolizumab presents an attractive alternative therapeutic option for patients with moderate to severe RA refractory to DMARDs.

Rheumatology Article