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BACKGROUND Systemic lupus erythematosus is a heterogeneous autoimmune disease that is associated with B-cell hyperactivity, autoantibodies, and increased concentrations of B-lymphocyte stimulator (BLyS). The efficacy and safety of the fully human monoclonal antibody belimumab (BLyS-specific inhibitor) was assessed in patients with active systemic lupus(More)
We analyzed the clinical and laboratory characteristics of 50 patients with catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) (5 from our clinics and 45 from a MEDLINE computer-assisted review of the literature from 1992 through 1996). Thirty-three (66%) patients were female and 17 (34%) were male. Twenty-eight (56%) patients had primary APS, 15 (30%) had(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the efficacy and upper gastrointestinal (UGI) safety of celecoxib, compared with nonspecific nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), among patients with osteoarthritis. METHODS A total of 13274 osteoarthritis patients from 39 countries were randomly assigned to double-blind treatment with either celecoxib 100 mg twice daily(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the efficacy of a daily dose of 81 mg aspirin in primary thrombosis prevention in asymptomatic, persistently antiphospholipid antibody (aPL)-positive individuals (those with positive aPL but no vascular and/or pregnancy events). METHODS The Antiphospholipid Antibody Acetylsalicylic Acid (APLASA) study was a multicenter, randomized,(More)
Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS) is characterized by vascular thrombosis and/or pregnancy morbidity occurring in patients with persistent antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). The primary objective of the APS Treatment Trends Task Force, created as part of the 14th International Congress on aPL, was to systematically review the potential future treatment(More)
Rheumatic diseases in women of childbearing years may necessitate drug treatment during a pregnancy, to control maternal disease activity and to ensure a successful pregnancy outcome. This survey is based on a consensus workshop of international experts discussing effects of anti-inflammatory, immunosuppressive and biological drugs during pregnancy and(More)
We conducted a randomized, controlled study to assess the need for hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) during lupus pregnancy and to assess safety. Twenty consecutive pregnant patients with similar characteristics were enrolled. The HCQ group included eight patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and two with discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE). The placebo(More)
OBJECTIVE A consensus meeting of representatives of 18 Latin-American and Caribbean countries gathered in Reñaca, Chile, for 2 days to identify problems and provide recommendations for the care of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Latin America, a region where poverty and other health priorities make the efforts to provide effective and high(More)
Safety data were pooled and analyzed from one phase 2 and two phase 3 double-blind, placebo-controlled, repeat-dose systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) trials of belimumab 1, 4 (phase 2 only), and 10 mg/kg. Types and rates of adverse events (AEs) were similar across treatment groups. Rates of patients experiencing any serious AE were 16.6%, 19.5%, 13.5%, and(More)
The principle of treating-to-target has been successfully applied to many diseases outside rheumatology and more recently to rheumatoid arthritis. Identifying appropriate therapeutic targets and pursuing these systematically has led to improved care for patients with these diseases and useful guidance for healthcare providers and administrators. Thus, an(More)