Giant cell arteritis: What happens when biologic therapy stops?

New data on tocilizumab underlines its limitations for durable remission, a leading rheumatologist says

Most patients achieving remission from giant cell arteritis with tocilizumab will relapse after ceasing therapy, according to findings from an extension to the pivotal GiACTA trial.

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The study found 29% of patients achieving drug-free remission after a year on the biologic had this sustained for two years after stopping the therapy.

This compared with 22% of patients treated with prednisone-tapering therapy achieving&nbsp