December 2021 Arthritis News Roundup

The Arthritis Foundation is your trusted source for arthritis-related news and COVID updates that affect people with arthritis.Here’s a wrap-up of the headlines from this past month.

The Latest in COVID-19 News & Arthritis

Omicron Surge Brings Highest Rate of Coronavirus Cases

The United States is reporting the highest seven-day average of new coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic as the highly transmissible omicron variant continues surging across the country.Read more.

COVID Antiviral Drugs Are Here, Remain Scarce

Pfizer’s Paxlovid and Merck’s molnupiravir are both oral antiviral pills that can be taken at home to keep patients out of the hospital. They’re meant to be taken within the first few days of having COVID-19, and they reduce the risk of hospitalization and death by up to 88% for Paxlovid and 30% for molnupiravir. Supply is tight, and the rollout varies from state to state.Learn more.

CDC Recommends Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines Over J&J’s

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its recommendations for Covid-19 vaccines to make clear that shots made by Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech are preferred over Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine.Learn why.

COVID Vaccine Booster Recommended for Teens

为了应对COVID-19病例的增加,以及对即将到来的冬季的担忧,卫生官员批准对16岁和17岁的青少年进行加强注射。Read more.

FDA Plans to Allow 12- to 15-Year-Olds to Receive Pfizer Boosters

The Food and Drug Administration is planning to broaden eligibility for coronavirus vaccine booster shots, allowing 12- to 15-year-olds to receive third doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine.Learn more.

In Other Arthritis News

FDA Adds Strict Safety Warnings on Arthritis Drugs

The FDA has added its strictest warning to the labels of drugs from Pfizer, Eli Lilly and AbbVie belonging to a class of anti-inflammatory treatments called JAK inhibitors, citing risk of serious health issues and death in patients 50 and over.Read more.

First JAK Inhibitor OK’d for Ankylosing Spondylitis

The FDA approved tofacitinib (Xeljanz, Xeljanz XR) for treating active ankylosing spondylitis in adults. Tofacitinib is the first JAK inhibitor approved for ankylosing spondylitis.Learn more.

Upadacitinib (Rinvoq) Gains Psoriatic Arthritis as Second FDA-Approved Indication

FDA已经批准了一种15 mg的upadacitinib缓释片(Rinvoq),用于对一种或多种抗肿瘤坏死因子药物反应不充分或不耐受的成人银屑病关节炎患者。此次批准是fda对选择性JAK抑制剂upadacitinib给予的第二个适应症,该药物此前于2019年获批用于类风湿性关节炎(RA)。Find out more.

AbbVie Updates Upadacitinib Prescription Guidelines Amidst Safety Concerns

AbbVie recently announced an amendment to its prescribing Information for upadacitinib. The drug, a selective JAK inhibitor, now states that it is intended for adults with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis who have had inadequate response or intolerance to at least one TNF blocker.Read more.

Mayo Clinic Researchers Use AI, Biomarkers to Personalize RA Treatment

Treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis have often relied on trial and error. Now Mayo Clinic researchers are exploring the use of artificial intelligence and pharmacogenomics to predict how patients will respond to treatments, and to personalize care.Learn more.


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