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RA patient access to DMARDs in Norway
Dr James Galloway and Dr Samantha Hider, Keele University, UK discuss a paper by Polina Putrik et al. which looked at access to DMARDs. They discuss the findings of the paper which demonstrated that older patients with low levels of education have less access to DMARDs. They also explore the possible implications of these findings on the daily practice of rheumatologists and the importance of looking at health literacy of patients in practice.
Treating IgG4-related disease with rituximab
Dr James Galloway and Dr Justin Mason, Imperial College London, UK discuss a paper published in the Journal by John Stone et al. who looked at patients with IgG4 related disease treated with rituximab, to determine if there were potential markers to predict relapse in patients after treatment. They discuss the potential implications for future treatment, drawbacks of the study and possible future research directions for the disease.
BSR Guidelines on axial spondyloarthritis
Dr James Galloway and Dr Louise Hamilton, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, UK discuss the key findings of the updated BSR guidelines on axial spondyloarthritis and recommendations for treatment. They highlight the importance of considering extra-articular manifestations in treatment and the possibility of switching treatment if anti-TNF treatment fails.
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