Researchers said they saw no new safety signals for TCZ in the study.
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“This research argues for systematic screening for aortitis at diagnosis,” Dr. Samson said. “And furthermore, we think that (in) further studies we need to better identify the patients that really need tocilizumab for GCA and optimal duration of this therapy in the course of disease.”
Thomas R. Collins is a freelance writer living in South Florida.
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