autoimmune diseases

Autoimmune drug pipeline: What health execs should watchNew drugs for RA, psoriasis, type 1 diabetes and Crohn’s disease—some recently approved and others coming down the pipeline—could have an impact on the industry.
Links shown between rosacea, other diseasesThree studies point to links between rosacea and numerous systemic comorbid diseases.
Rosacea and gastro disorders possibly relatedBecause rosacea is an inflammatory disease there is scientific rationale for a possible association between it and other inflammatory diseases. A recent study demonstrates that rosacea patients have a greater percentage of gastrointestinal disorders than do controls and should be evaluated further if they present with GI symptoms. In such cases a systematic approach to the treatment of both conditions may be warranted.
Health execs must brace for autoimmune drug changesA comprehensive understanding of this rapidly increasing drug class is essential to integrate pharmacy and medical claim information.
Remicade will now have a biosimilarExpert: Expectations are high that biosimilars can control overall biologic cost growth.
Actemra gets breakthrough therapy designation for sclerodermaThe FDA has granted breakthrough therapy designation to tocilizumab (Actemra, Genentech) for the treatment of systemic sclerosis, a rare and potentially life-threatening disease with no FDA-approved therapy.
Sjögren's requires an understanding beyond traditional symptomsLupus, dry mouth, and arthritis aren’t usually associated with optometry, but it may well need to become a necessary part of any optometrist's knowledge base as awareness of Sjögren's syndrome becomes more prevalent, reported Dr. Milton M. Hom, OD, FAAO, at his most recent seminar at Vision Expo West.
Sjögren's requires an understanding beyond traditional symptoms
Sjögren's requires an understanding beyond traditional symptomsLupus, dry mouth, and arthritis aren’t usually associated with optometry, but it may well need to become a necessary part of any optometrist's knowledge base as awareness of Sjögren's syndrome becomes more prevalent, reported Dr. Milton M. Hom, OD, FAAO, at his most recent seminar at Vision Expo West.
Grand Rounds: Patient with recent hospitalization and decreased vision for 1 monthRegular ophthalmic examination and functional testing of the retina are key to identifying early retinal toxicity and preventing future progression.
Is your patient healthy enough for LASIK surgery?Your patients rely on you to help determine if they are good candidates for laser vision correction. We know that a patient’s systemic health can affect the safety and efficacy of refractive surgery.