In patients with RA who are treatment-naïve, the current standard of care as reflected in treatment guidelines remains MTX, an inexpensive drug that works in approximately 40% of patients with RA. For those patients who do not respond adequately to MTX after 3 months, alternative options, typically involving the addition of a bDMARD or tsDMARD, should be explored.
Treatment recommendations for patients with RA have rapidly evolved in the last decade. As a greater push for earlier and more aggressive intervention has taken hold, patients are being driven toward goals of remission or, in those who cannot achieve remission, low disease activity.
JAK inhibitors remain the “new kids on the block” for many rheumatologists, and concerns about safety were reflected in both the 2015 ACR and 2017 EULAR treatment guidelines. Nonetheless, a growing body of clinical evidence has shown that JAK inhibitors have at least equivalent efficacy to bDMARDs, with a slightly higher incidence of herpes zoster infection. JAK inhibitors have shown nearly equivalent efficacy when used both as monotherapy and in combination with MTX, and are available in oral formulations, which may be attractive to some patients.
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- Design optimal treatment strategies for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to improve remission rates and/or minimize levels of disease
- Recognize the role that Janus kinase (JAK) plays in the pathogenesis of RA and the corresponding impact of JAK inhibition in the management of RA
- Discuss treatment options for RA, including the use of JAK inhibitors, as reflected in current practice guideline
Roy Fleischmann, MD, MACR
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Current guidelines for the management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) address the concern that many patients fail to respond, or lose response, to first-line therapy with disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). Lack of understanding about the optimal use of avail- able RA therapies—including combination therapy or switching to other drugs within a class or in a different class—means that many patients may fail to achieve remission (the ideal goal) or minimal levels of disease activity. Clinicians who are unaware of current practice guidelines may not be providing optimal management for their patients with RA. In addition, clinicians should be aware of data concerning the safety and efficacy of newly available drugs so as to ensure selection of optimal therapies for patients with RA. Knowledge of agents that have novel mechanisms of action, including Janus kinase inhibitors, can improve clinicians’ confidence when switching therapies in patients who have suboptimal response despite appropriate use of DMARD therapies.
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This continuing education supplement was developed from interviews with the faculty. It is the second activity in the two-part curriculum, From Science to Practice: Understanding the Role of Janus Kinase in RA Pathogenesis to Appropriately Incorporate JAK Inhibition in RA Management. The supplement content was derived from the key teaching points from the previous online activity, which may be found at: www.globalacademycme.com/specialties/rheumatology.
The faculty acknowledge the editorial assistance of Global Academy for Medical Education, LLC, and Scott Kober, medical writer, in the development of this supplement.
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