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07-07-2017 | Psoriatic arthritis | Article

Elderly psoriatic arthritis patients on TNF-α blockers: results of an Italian multicenter study on minimal disease activity and drug discontinuation rate

Clinical Rheumatology

Authors: Luisa Costa, Ennio Lubrano, Roberta Ramonda, Maria Sole Chimenti, Maristella Vezzù, Fabio M. Perrotta, Antonio Del Puente, Rosario Peluso, Paolo Bottiglieri, Mariagrazia Lorenzin, Flavia Sunzini, Md Abud Darda, Ugo Fiocco, Roberto Perricone, Leonardo Punzi, Raffaele Scarpa, Francesco Caso

Publisher: Springer London


Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an inflammatory arthropathy, associated with skin and/or nail psoriasis. Real world data on efficacy and safety of TNF-α blockers in the elderly with PsA are lacking. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness, through the achievement of minimal disease activity (MDA), drug discontinuation rate, and safety in elderly patients with PsA on TNF-α blockers. A multicenter, observational study was carried out in four Italian centers. The assessment of disease activity and safety were performed at the start of anti-TNF-α (T0), at 6 months (T6) and at 12 months (T12). A total of 145 PsA patients were included in the study. At baseline 68 (46.9%) patients were on etanercept, 60 (41.3%) on adalimumab, 11 (7.6%) on golimumab, and 6 (4.1%) on infliximab. All the variables concerning PsA activity showed a statistically significant improvement when comparing T6 and T12 with T0. After 6 and 12 months of therapy, respectively, 31 (22.6%) and 71 (51.8%) patients achieved MDA (p < 0.001). The drug discontinuation rate was 5.5% with a mean of 6.8 months (range 2–10 months), and it was due to lack of efficacy, adverse events, and lost to follow-up. Nine patients (6.2%) reported the onset of mild infections resolved with antimicrobial specific oral regimen without therapy interruption. TNF-α blockers are effective in the achievement of a low disease status and safe in elderly patients with PsA. Therefore, age should not be considered a limitation to their use.

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