Novel TNF antagonists for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

Laisvyde Statkute, Eric M. Ruderman

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Importance of the field: TNF antagonists have become an integral part of the standard of care for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Two additional TNF antagonists have recently been approved in the US for this indication, and clinicians will need to understand the data on the efficacy and safety of these agents in order to properly place them into the clinical treatment algorithm. Areas covered in this review: This review covers the published clinical trial data on the use of certolizumab and golimumab for RA. The literature search included manuscripts published through September 2009 and abstracts from major meetings (ACR and EULAR) in 2007 2009. What the reader will gain: This paper will review the efficacy and safety of golimumab and certolizumab in the treatment of RA at various stages of disease. Use of these agents will be described in the context of other available alternatives, including other TNF antagonists and other biologic therapies. Take home message: Certolizumab and golimumab have comparable efficacy and safety profiles compared with previously approved TNF antagonists. These two agents have several unique theoretical benefits when compared to existing agents, but the available published data do not suggest a clear clinical advantage at this time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-115
Number of pages11
JournalExpert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010


  • Biologic therapy
  • Certolizumab
  • Golimumab
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • TNF antagonist

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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