Ankylose This! Living with Ankylosing Spondylitis

Thursday, June 22, 2006

AS and long-term anti-TNF therapy

Maybe you've heard how some people with ankylosing spondylitis reported that anti-TNF therapy seemed to lose effectiveness over time, or maybe you're wondering how these hella-expensive new-fangled treatments will perform in the long run. A German study into the use of infliximab (Remicade) to treat AS suggests that it might well be an effective long-term treatment: "At the end of the five-year study, ... nearly 60 percent of patients initially enrolled in the treatment-phase of the trial were still being given infliximab, 34.1 percent of which were in complete remission without any major side effects reported."

Update, June 23: UPI coverage of this story.

Comments on this post

  • Hi there.

    I have just come across your blog and I just wanted to thank you very much for all your effort. I'm very affected by AS but I also know I can/will be more affected in the time ahead. Thank you for making me feel less alone in my fight against this terrible disease...

    Posted by Anonymous Anonymous (7/05/2006 7:34 AM)  

  • gday mate,

    im not trying to drive people away from your site but if AS sufferers are looking for more info is a place to start - I have AS & Crohns ( - and these 2 sites have been invaluable if only to talk to others in the same boat.

    Hope the day is a good one


    Posted by Anonymous Anonymous (7/18/2006 12:47 AM)  

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