Real life results of rituximab in treatment of active rheumatoid arthritis

Authors: K. Pavelka 1;  K. Chroust 2;  L. Burešová 2
Authors‘ workplace: Revmatologický ústav Praha, 2IBA Masarykova Univerzita, Brno 1
Published in: Čes. Revmatol., 19, 2011, No. 3, p. 112-117.
Category: Original Papers


Authors present report on application of rituximab (RTX) in indication rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in patients treated in Czech Republic in National registry ATTRA. Indications for therapy with RTX according Guidelines of Czech Rheumatologic Society was RA (DAS 28 > 5,1) and failure of at least one disease modifying drug of RA (DMARD) and one anti TNF. Altogether 242 patients were included in the study, 81 % women, mean age was 52 years and duration of disease 12 years. Patients have been treated in the past by average 3 DMARDs and one anti TNF. RTX was given as first biological to 24 % of patients. The activity of RA was high at baseline, but there was significant decrease of activity at week 16 and this effect was sustained after 2 years of follow up in all measured parameters. Status of low disease activity (LDA) DAS 28 < 3,2 was reached in 15,5 % of patients at week 16 and 41,4 % at week 56. All patients, who achieved LDA at week 16 had LDA at week 56. EULAR good and moderate response was achieved in > 80 % patients. Serious adverse events were present in 11,6 %. The most frequents adverse events were serious infections at frequency 13,3/1000 pts. yrs. Serious infusion allergic reactions, leading to interruption of therapy were present in 13,3 / 100 pts. yrs. of patients.

Open, cohort study of patients in registry, reflects routine clinical practice. In has shown good ratio efficacy / safety of RTX in patients with active RA. Despite the fact that was cohort of patients with longstanding, refractory RA, it was possible to reach low disease activity in more than 40 % patients after 12 months of therapy.

Key words:
rheumatoid arthritis, rituximab, biological therapy


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