Hungarian Immunology

[The importance of etanercept treatment in rheumatology]

GERGELY Péter, POÓR Gyula

MARCH 20, 2007

Hungarian Immunology - 2007;6(03)

[Rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis are inflammatory rheumatic conditions of unknown origin. Common characteristic features of these disorders include a relatively high prevalence, poorly understood pathogenesis and an unresolved treatment as well as a significant impact on mortality, morbidity and medical expenditures. The recognition of the central role of TNF-α in immune mediated inflammatory conditions, mainly in rheumatoid arthritis has led to the introduction of TNF-α blocking biological therapy into clinical rheumatology revolutionizing the management of these diseases. Etanercept is a human soluble TNF-α receptor attached to human IgG capable of effectively neutralizing TNF-α and lymphotoxin alpha. Since its introduction in 1998 as the first biological agent approved for RA, several clinical trials as well as everyday practice have proven its efficacy and safety. To date approximately 440 thousand patients, mostly with inflammatory rheumatic diseases have been treated with etanercept. In the present paper the pathophysiological role of TNF-α, the results of clinical trials of etanercept and its cost-effectivenes as well as issues regarding the use of etanercept in Hungary are reviewed.]

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