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Mannion ML, Xie F, Curtis JR
Recent trends in medication usage for the treatment of juvenile idiopathic arthritis and the influence of tumor necrosis factor inhibitors.
The researchers investigated temporal trends in medication use among children diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). They found that the use of tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi) in the treatment of JIA increased 2- to 3-fold from 2005 to 2012. New TNFi use was associated with decreased NSAID and oral glucocorticoids use. TNFi may be replacing, rather than complementing, methotrexate in the treatment of many patients.
Citation: Mannion ML, Xie F, Curtis JR . Recent trends in medication usage for the treatment of juvenile idiopathic arthritis and the influence of tumor necrosis factor inhibitors. J Rheumatol 2014 Oct;41(10):2078-84. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.140012.
Keywords: Children/Adolescents, Medication, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research, Practice Patterns, Arthritis