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“Patients with autoimmune diseases who begin treatment with tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors are no more likely to develop serious infections than those who start treatment with conventional disease-modifying drugs,” according to research presented at the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting and published online Nov. 6 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Specifically, “among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who initiated treatment with a TNF inhibitor, the rate of serious infection requiring hospitalizations was 8.16 per 100 person-years,” whereas “the rate among patients with RA who started on a regimen using a conventional agent had a rate of 7.78 per 100 person-years, for an adjusted hazard ratio of 1.05 (95% CI 0.91 to 1.21), which was not significantly different.”
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