Screening for TB should include checking for previous TB exposure and treatment, perform a clinical examination, chest X-ray (CXR) and either a TST or IGRA or both, as appropriate (grade 2C, SOA 98%). RTX may be considered as a first-line biologic option in RA patients with previous malignancy (grade 2C, SOA 90%). RTX or ABA may be considered a first-line biologic in patients with ILD (grade 2C, SOA 84%). Patients should be investigated for potential malignancy if clinically suspected and biologics should be stopped if non-basal cell carcinoma (BCC) malignancy is confirmed (grade 1C, SOA 97%). Patients should remain Ding T, Ledingham J, Luqmani R, Westlake S, Hyrich K, Lunt M, Kiely P, Bukhari M, Abernethy R, Bosworth A, Ostor A, Gadsby K, McKenna F, Finney D, Dixey J, Deighton C; Standards, Audit and Guidelines Working Group of BSR Clinical Affairs Committee; BHPR. This guideline does not cover the following topics: the use of biologic therapy for conditions other than RA, axial SpA (including AS) and PsA; safety in individuals aged <18 years; safety in the context of pregnancy and breastfeeding, as this has recently been covered in the BSR/BHPR prescribing drugs in pregnancy guidelines [4]; biologics approved by NICE after June 2016 (such as secukinumab and sarilumab) or Janus-kinase inhibitors; and biosimilar preparations of branded biologics; until further clinical data are available, the safety recommendations we propose for originator biologics can be applied to their biosimilar counterparts. Epub 2010 Sep 12. It covers safety recommendations for all biologic therapies approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) up to June 2016, for use in all inflammatory arthritides [RA, PsA and axial SpA (SpA) including AS]. Live attenuated vaccines, such as the herpes zoster vaccine, oral polio or rabies vaccine, should be avoided (grade 2C, SOA 99%). Studies to date suggest that though biologic therapy does not appear to have a detrimental effect on HCV infection, it should continue to be used only with caution in such patients, following a risk–benefit decision made with a hepatologist (grade 1C, SOA 96%). 2008 Oct;47(10):1591; author reply 1591. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/ken322. Copyright © 2020 British Society for Rheumatology. Clipboard, Search History, and several other advanced features are temporarily unavailable. Patients should be provided with education about their treatment to promote self-management (grade 1B, SOA 99%). Patients with an abnormal CXR, previous history of TB or TB treatment should be referred to a specialist with an interest in TB prior to commencing a biologic (grade 2C, SOA 99%). Taylor PC, Balsa Criado A, Mongey AB, Avouac J, Marotte H, Mueller RB. For patients receiving TCZ, i.v. J Clin Med. C.H. DMARDs; NICE CKS, July 2015 (UK access only) Ledingham J, Gullick N, Irving K, et al; BSR and BHPR guideline for the prescription and monitoring of non-biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs. Treatment should be stopped if progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy develops. No routine monitoring is necessary with apremilast, hydroxychloroquine, mepa- crine or minocycline. Upper Borough Walls Bath. Correspondence to: Christopher Holroyd, Rheumatology Department, University Hospital Southampton, Tremona Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO16 6YD, UK. The Public Health England recommendations on the use of immunizations in patients on immunosuppressive therapy should be adhered to in patients on biologics. Blood tests should ideally be in the week before i.v. Baseline assessment for all should include (grade 1C SOA 98%): laboratory evaluation of full blood count (FBC), creatinine/calculated glomerular filtration rate (GFR), alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and/or aspartate aminotransferase (AST), albumin, tuberculin skin test (TST) or IFN-γ release assay (IGRA) or both as appropriate, hepatitis B and C serology and a chest radiograph. Patients on biologics who develop symptoms suggestive of TB should receive full anti-TB treatment but may continue with their biologic if clinically indicated after risk–benefit analysis and discussion with a TB expert (grade 2C, SOA 96%). (Also refer to vaccination recommendations while on biologic therapy.). This is presented alongside each recommendation as a percentage. This table sets out the requirements for ongoing monitoring of conventional DMARDs (disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs) in primary care. Clinicians should be vigilant for progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, which has been primarily associated with RTX but has also reported with anti-TNF therapy. Rheumatology Department, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton, UK. Malaviya AP, Ledingham J, Bloxham J et al. BSR/BHPR guideline for disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) therapy in consultation with the British Association of Dermatologists Rheumatology (Oxford) . BSR and BHPR guideline for the prescription and monitoring of non-biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs Rheumatology (Oxford) . Consider using ETN or ABA as a first line biologic therapy in patients at high risk of infection (grade 2B, SOA 94%). Hence, any rapid fall or consistent downward trend in any parameter warrants extra vigilance. has received sponsorship to attend meetings by Pfizer and UCB and received honoraria for speaking for Eli Lilly. BSR and BHPR rheumatoid arthritis guidelines on safety of anti-TNF therapies. High risk patients (e.g. For patients on immunosuppressive therapy with a normal CXR, a TST is not helpful, as immunosuppression hinders interpretation (grade 2C, SOA 98%). Secondary care health professionals directly involved in the management of patients with inflammatory arthritis. PRESCRIBED DMARDs DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC OUTBREAK Click here to read the full guidance for this patient cohort which also includes advice on the frequency of blood test monitoring of DMARDs in stable patients. National Center for Biotechnology Information, Unable to load your collection due to an error, Unable to load your delegates due to an error. A.M. has received honoraria for sponsored presentations from MSD, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Roche and received an honorarium from Pfizer for professional services. BSR and BHPR guideline on prescribing drugs in pregnancy and breastfeeding—Part I: standard and biologic disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs and corticosteroids. Patients should be screened for HBV and HCV infection (grade 1C, SOA 98%). The effect of biologics on pre-malignant conditions remains unclear. When clinical responsibility for prescribing is transferred to general practice, it is important that the GP, or other primary care prescriber, is confident to prescribe the necessary medicines. Br J Clin Pharmacol. Monitoring of DMARDs varies across the country. Summary of DMARDs covered in this guideline and information on whether they require routine monitoring or not. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Society for Rheumatology. Flint J, Panchal S, Hurrell A et al. Epub 2016 Aug 28. Precautions include adequate screening prior to initiation, vigilant monitoring, especially in higher risk individuals, and an understanding of the implications of certain co-morbidities. The GRADE method was used to assess the quality of evidence and the strength of recommendation [6]. Patients should be assessed for co-morbidities as these may influence biologic choice, including evaluation for respiratory disease and screening for infection (grade 1C, SOA 99%). Management of early rheumatoid arthritis. those at high risk of TB) should be reviewed every 3 months. Indications: (Licensed) RA, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. ADA and IFX can be considered for the treatment of uveitis, in preference to ETN, which appears to be associated with lower rates of treatment success and has been associated with the development of uveitis. via an advice line (Helpline)] for advice within one working day (grade 1C, SOA 98%). It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide, This PDF is available to Subscribers Only. Quick Reference Guide – Ongoing Monitoring Requirements for Disease Modifying Anti-rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs) Rachael Pugh, Prescribing Adviser & Abigail Cowan, Prescribing Advisers, Medicines Management Team, MLCSU  |  Patients receiving TCZ: a baseline lipid profile is recommended prior to initiation. Any decision to halt treatment should be made in accordance with the guidance in the TCZ SPC (grade 2C, SOA 96%). This guidance has been agreed across all specialities in NHS Highland. If patients develop uveitis while on a biologic, a trial of an alternative biologic could be considered, bearing in mind the latest reported relative risks (grade 1C, SOA 99%). J Assoc Physicians India. There has been recent BSR safety guidance (2016 and 2017) on the use of biologics, which has been incorporated. DMARDs fall into either of … Anti-TNF therapy is relatively contraindicated in patients who have had prior treatment with >150 psoralen and ultraviolet A (PUVA) and/or >350 ultraviolet B (UVB) phototherapy. 2008). Comment on: BSR/BHPR guideline for disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) therapy in consultation with the British Association of Dermatologists. Biologic therapies should not be commenced in patients with clinical signs of, or under investigation for, malignancy (basal cell carcinoma excluded) (grade 1C, SOA 96%). The monitoring requirements and plan should be set out in the written shared care protocol for each patient. Consider switching patients with uveitis currently taking ETN to IFX or ADA (grade 2C, SOA 98%). Disclosure statement: C.R.H. Caution should be exercised in the use of biologics in such patients. Musculoskeletal Care. Patients receiving TCZ should have their serum lipids checked at 3 months, and be treated appropriately if abnormal; they may be checked again thereafter at physician’s discretion (grade 2A, SOA 99%). Specific questions were developed with regards to biologic safety including: What baseline screening is required? 2019 Oct;85(10):2228-2234. doi: 10.1111/bcp.14057. BSR's 'gold standard' clinical guidelines support evidence-based clinical practice in rheumatology. 25 November 2020 Lithium drug monitoring during COVID-19 for stable adult patients Christopher R Holroyd, Rakhi Seth, Marwan Bukhari, Anshuman Malaviya, Claire Holmes, Elizabeth Curtis, Christopher Chan, Mohammed A Yusuf, Anna Litwic, Susan Smolen, Joanne Topliffe, Sarah Bennett, Jennifer Humphreys, Muriel Green, Jo Ledingham, The British Society for Rheumatology biologic DMARD safety guidelines in inflammatory arthritis—Executive summary, Rheumatology, Volume 58, Issue 2, February 2019, Pages 220–226, https://doi.org/10.1093/rheumatology/key207. Patients prescribed a biologic (other than TCZ) without concomitant csDMARD (or with csDMARDs that do not require blood test monitoring), should have monitoring blood tests (FBC, creatinine/calculated GFR, ALT and/or AST and albumin every 3–6 months (grade 2C, SOA 97%). Patients receiving csDMARD may require more regular laboratory monitoring (as per BSR/BHPR non-biologic DMARD guidelines, 2017) (grade 2B, SOA 96%). How to Get the Most from Methotrexate (MTX) Treatment for Your Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient?-MTX in the Treat-to-Target Strategy. Prescribing disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) is always part of a shared-care protocol. Rheumatology 2016: 55 Advice and guidance regarding DMARDs Taken from the RCGP Guidance on workload prioritisation during COVID-19. Anti-TNF should be withdrawn if demyelination occurs. Our guidelines grow out of the collaborative efforts of many members and non-members, specialists and generalists, patients and carers. Upper Borough Walls Bath. Biologics covered by this guideline are as follows: anti-TNF inhibitors: infliximab (IFX); etanercept (ETN); adalimumab (ADA); certolizumab pegol; golimumab; anti-CD20: rituximab (RTX); CTLA4-Ig: abatacept (ABA); anti-IL-6 receptor: tocilizumab (TCZ); and anti-IL-12/IL-23: ustekinumab. 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If patients develop worsening cardiac failure while on anti-TNF, consideration should be given to stopping therapy if no other explanation for worsening cardiac failure is found following input from a cardiologist (grade 2 C, SOA 99%). For patients receiving RTX, treatment should ideally be stopped 3–6 months prior to elective surgery (grade 2B, SOA 94%). 2008 Jun;47(6):924-5. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kel216a. The British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) is the UK's leading specialist medical society for rheumatology and musculoskeletal professionals. HHS RA and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). For permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com, This article is published and distributed under the terms of the Oxford University Press, Standard Journals Publication Model (. Biologic therapy should be promptly stopped in suspected cases. Biologics may be recommenced after surgery when there is good wound healing (typically around 14 days), all sutures and staples are out, and there is no evidence of infection (grade 1B, SOA 99%). All other authors have declared no conflicts of interest. Patients with HIV receiving anti-TNF therapy require close monitoring of viral load and CD4 count. For full access to this pdf, sign in to an existing account, or purchase an annual subscription. If abnormal, lipid lowering treatment should be initiated as per local guidance (grade 2A, SOA 99%). Abstracts from BSR, EULAR and ACR annual conferences up to and including EULAR 2016 were also included. Dose increases should be monitored by FBC, creatinine/calculated GFR, ALT and/or AST and albumin every 2 weeks until on stable dose for 6 weeks then revert to previous schedule (GRADE 2B, 97%). Although recent data are reassuring, biologics should be used with caution in patients with class III or IV cardiac failure, working closely with a cardiologist (grade 2C, SOA 96%). Using the GRADE approach, the quality of evidence was determined as either high (A), moderate (B) or low/very low (C) reflecting the confidence in the estimates of benefits or harm. Note throughout that, whilst absolute values are useful indicators, trends are also important. Epub 2019 Aug 9. Exceptions/additions to the monitoring schedule for specific DMARDs are included in Table 1 (GRADE 2B and C, 100%). 2017 Jun 1;56(6):865-868. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kew479. Clinicians and patients should be aware that the risk of infection increases as serum IgG levels fall below normal (grade 2A, SOA 99%). Accreditation is valid for 5 years from 10 June 2013. Biologic therapies may be continued in patients who develop a BCC that is fully excised, after careful discussion with the patient and a risk–benefit analysis (grade 2C, SOA 97%). Patients should have rapid access to specialist health care for consideration of early treatment (grade 1B, SOA 99%). The use of biologic therapies has transformed the management of inflammatory arthritis, with disease remission becoming an increasingly achievable goal. Blood Monitoring and Prescribing for DMARDs during COVID-19 pandemic Where DMARD use has been successful and stable (> 12 months on treatment, and stable dose for > 6 weeks) consider extending the monitoring interval to up to every 6 months. those at high risk of TB) should be reviewed every 3 months (grade 2C, SOA 94%). (For Frequency of Monitoring Refer to BSR/BHPR guidelines for disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) therapy in consultation with the British Association of Dermatologists. The relative risks of the available agents should be taken into account when selecting which treatment to use (grade 1C, SOA 96%). NIH Once the person is stabilized on treatment, the GP may be asked to: Prescribe and monitor the DMARD. Epub 2008 Aug 1. van Roon EN, van den Bemt PM, Jansen TL, Houtman NM, van de Laar MA, Brouwers JR. Clin Ther. There is a wide variability amongst hospitals within a region on shared care arrangements. Approved: MS April 2019: MS 19.33.1 Page 2 of 18 VERSION SUMMARY OF CHANGES DATE 1.0 Original document (joint with dermatology, Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov, Get the latest research information from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus, Find NCBI SARS-CoV-2 literature, sequence, and clinical content: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sars-cov-2/, NLM Guidance for Rheumatology patients receiving DMARD, Biologic and / or steroid medication during the Covid-19 outbreak and updated blood monitoring schedule (26032020)This guidance HAS NOT changed. Accompanying each recommendation in this guideline, in brackets, is the strength of recommendation, quality of evidence and strength of agreement. Please enable it to take advantage of the complete set of features! Biologic therapies may be continued in patients at increased risk of, or with, venous thromboembolism (grade 2 C, SOA 99%). DMARDs require regular monitoring for toxicity DMARDs require regular laboratory monitoring for adverse effects. Recommended investigations for commonly used DMARDs are listed in Table 1. R.S. Further details are given in the full guideline [5]. This is the executive summary of The British Society for Rheumatology biologic DMARD safety guidelines in inflammatory arthritis, doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/key208. Pre-existing interstitial lung disease (ILD) is not a specific contraindication to biologic therapy; however, caution is advised in patients with poor respiratory reserve (in whom a significant drop in lung function would be potentially life threatening); in this situation it is advised to work closely with a respiratory physician with a specialist interest in ILD (grade 2C, SOA 99%). The paper discusses the problem of laboratory monitoring in therapy with disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and biological agents (BAs) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). HBV immunization should be considered for at risk patients (grade 2C, SOA 94%). USA.gov. monitoring remains with the hospital or specialist. Biologics should not be initiated in the presence of serious active infections (defined as requiring intravenous antibiotics or hospitalization; not including tuberculosis) (grade 1B, SOA 98%). A comprehensive literature search was undertaken using MEDLINE, Cochrane, PubMed and EMBASE databases with specific search terms. The decision to initiate a biologic should be made in conjunction with the patient/carer and initiated by an expert in the management of rheumatic disease (grade 1C, SOA 99%). Pulmonary function tests should be performed as clinically indicated, usually every 4–6 months (grade 2C, SOA 99%). Close monitoring of serum amino-transaminases and HBV DNA load is recommended in patients with occult or overt HBV infection treated with biologic therapy (grade 1C SOA 99%). Use biologics with caution in patients at high infection risk after discussing risks and benefits (grade 1B, SOA 99%). Anti-TNF therapy should not be given when there is a personal history of multiple sclerosis or other demyelinating diseases. However, extending blood monitoring is not suitable if … has been sponsored to attend meetings by AbbVie, Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb and UCB and has received honoraria for speaking and attended advisory boards with AbbVie, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer, UCB, Janssen and Novartis. The optimal timing of monitoring … In patients who are currently receiving biologics, human papillomavirus vaccine for cervical cancer risk in young women is recommended if they have already received part of the vaccination schedule, as per national guidelines (grade 2C, SOA 99%). Lessons From LEADER - All-round Leadership. S.B. This should be administered preferably >14 days before starting biologic therapy (grade 2C, SOA 97%). Severe Harm and Death Associated With Errors and Drug Interactions Involving Low-Dose Methotrexate. Patients should be treated with prophylactic anti-TB treatment prior to commencing a biologic (grade 1B, SOA 99%); therapy may be commenced after completing at least 1 month of anti-TB treatment and patients should be monitored every 3 months (grade 2C, SOA 91%). Paracetamol oral 1g 4–6 hourly (maximum 4g in 24 hours) 1. For most biologics (exceptions: RTX and TCZ), consideration should be given to planning surgery when at least one dosing interval has elapsed for that specific drug; for higher risk procedures consider stopping 3–5 half-lives before surgery (if this is longer than one dosing interval) (grade 2B, SOA 97%). Consideration, in consultation with a respiratory physician with a specialist interest in ILD, should be given to stopping biologic therapy in patients with worsening or new features of ILD. has received sponsorship to attend a national meeting by Pfizer. 2010 Nov;49(11):2217-9. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/keq249a. The BSR/BHPR guideline recommends that these patients are monitored more stringently. treatment within the past 3 months with >40 mg prednisolone per day for >1 week, >20 mg prednisolone per day for >14 days, MTX >25 mg/week, AZA >3.0 mg/kg/day). Patients prescribed a biologic (other than TCZ) without concomitant csDMARD (or with csDMARDs that do not require blood test monitoring), should have monitoring blood tests (FBC, creatinine/calculated GFR, ALT and/or AST and albumin every 3–6 months. The British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) has attempted to standardise practice with the publication of guidelines (Rheumatology 2008), which relate to choice of investigation, intervals at which they should be performed and relevant action to take if side effects occur. This guideline supersedes the previous BSR/BHPR anti-TNF [1], rituximab (RTX) [2] and tocilizumab (TCZ) [3] guidelines and has been developed in line with the BSR Guidelines Protocol. has received sponsorship to attend a national meeting by Pfizer. The potential benefit of preventing post-operative infections by stopping biologics (different surgical procedures pose different risks of infection and wound healing) should be balanced against the risk of a peri-operative flare in disease activity (grade 2B, SOA 97%). It should state which doctor is primarily responsible for arranging and reviewing the laboratory investigations. The timing of commencement of biologic therapy post-malignancy is not fixed and will depend on type and stage of malignancy, risk of metastasis and patient views. All rights reserved. All patients should be reviewed for drug safety in a specialist department at least every 6 months. E.C. Paracetamol is as effective as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in many patients with osteoarthritis. A management plan should be agreed between the patient, GP and Rheumatologist. Patients receiving RTX: baseline immunoglobulins (IgA, IgG and IgM) are recommended prior to initiation (grade 1A, SOA 98%). Patients who do not have a positive history of varicella zoster (chickenpox) infection should have a varicella zoster virus antibody test. Patients with serological evidence of occult HBV infection may require concomitant anti-viral treatment if detrimental changes in monitoring tests develop (grade 1B, SOA 99%). More information on accreditation can be viewed at www.nice.org.uk/accreditation. Although efficacious, biologic therapies are not without potential risk; hence it is important that clinicians are aware of these risks and ensure that appropriate precautions are taken to minimize them.  |  Your comment will be reviewed and published at the journal's discretion. BA1 1RL Telephone: 01225 465941 Facsimile: 01225 421202 DMARD MONITORING GUIDELINES – FOR GP INFORMATION 10.10.08 Leflunomide A. The reference lists of retrieved articles were manually searched for additional papers and these were included if appropriate. Please check for further notifications by email. In such instances, a non-anti-TNF biologic should be considered. BSR has published guidelines stressing the importance of monitoring for early detection of toxicity. Patients should be advised that there is no conclusive evidence for an increased risk of solid tumours or lymphoproliferative disease linked with biologic therapy, but that on-going vigilance is required (grade 1A, SOA 99%). All patients require screening for tuberculosis (TB) before starting a biologic (grade 1B, SOA 98%). Patients should be encouraged to comply with national cancer screening programmes (grade 1C, SOA 99%). Consider dose reduction of paracetamol in patients with low body weight (≤50kg), renal / hepatic impairment or glutathione deficiency (chronic malnourishment, chronic alcoholism) to 15mg/kg/dose up to four times daily (max 60mg/kg/day). Patients receiving i.v. Patients who have had previous inadequate treatment for active TB should be investigated for active TB. Rhumatology Consultants Dr Bradlow, Dr Chan, Dr Mcnally, Dr MacDonald and Dr Kitchen Exercise caution with TCZ in patients with diverticular disease, particularly when using concurrent NSAIDs and/or steroids (grade 2C, SOA 98%). 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