Dr. Genovese expressed frustration with potential overreaction to venous thromboembolism data in a presentation at the 2018 Rheumatology Winter Clinical Symposium in Hawaii.5 Previous research from 2013 had begun to create the needed context for interpreting venous thromboembolism risk data by finding that venous thromboembolism was higher in RA than non-RA patients.6 Since then, additional research has helped broaden this context, he says.
TNF inhibitors have become the standard of care in RA, Dr. Genovese says. “It’s important that we know the potential side effects and relative risks and benefits. Certainly, we are seeing these events happen. The field is evolving and our knowledge is growing, along with our opportunities to be better informed about them.”
Larry Beresford is a medical journalist in Oakland, Calif.
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