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The role of tocilizumab in the management of rheumatoid arthritis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22849354     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: The introduction of biological treatments has improved the outlook for patients diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. There are now a range of different agents, targeting various pathways involved in the inflammatory process. Tocilizumab , a fully humanised anti-interleukin-6 receptor monoclonal antibody is licensed for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
AREAS COVERED: This article reviews and appraises the available evidence regarding the efficacy and safety of tocilizumab in rheumatoid arthritis, as identified in PubMed and Embase searches.
EXPERT OPINION: Clinical trial data suggest that tocilizumab has similar efficacy both clinically and in reducing structural progression to that seen with the TNF inhibitors. Patients who might be particularly suitable for tocilizumab are those who have failed multiple TNF inhibitors, those with a high inflammatory response as part of their disease and those unable to tolerate methotrexate, given the good responses seen with monotherapy.
Zoe Ash; Paul Emery
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review     Date:  2012-07-31
Journal Detail:
Title:  Expert opinion on biological therapy     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1744-7682     ISO Abbreviation:  Expert Opin Biol Ther     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-08-14     Completed Date:  2013-01-08     Revised Date:  2014-06-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101125414     Medline TA:  Expert Opin Biol Ther     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1277-89     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized / therapeutic use*
Antirheumatic Agents / therapeutic use*
Arthritis, Rheumatoid / drug therapy*,  immunology
Disease Progression
Interleukin-6 / metabolism
Patient Selection
Receptors, Interleukin-6 / antagonists & inhibitors,  metabolism
Treatment Outcome
Grant Support
18475//Arthritis Research UK
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized; 0/Antirheumatic Agents; 0/IL6 protein, human; 0/IL6R protein, human; 0/Interleukin-6; 0/Receptors, Interleukin-6; 0/tocilizumab

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