Rilonacept, an IL-1 inhibitor, is also being studied in scleroderma, using a four-gene biomarker of skin disease as the primary outcome in a short-duration trial (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01538719).
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There has been significant progress in understanding the pathogenesis of scleroderma and consequently in the development of novel targeted therapies for patients with this devastating disease. Until recently, treatment has focused on traditional immunosuppressive drugs and management of specific, organ-based complications with variable success. With further advances in understanding the biology of the disease, stratifying patients, and determining comprehensive outcome measures for clinical trials, it is highly likely that effective therapies for scleroderma fibrosis will emerge in the next decade.
Sara R. Schoenfeld, MD, is a rheumatologist in the Division of Rheumatology at Massachusetts General Hospital and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston.
Flavia V. Castelino, MD, is director of the Scleroderma Program in the Division of Rheumatology at Massachusetts General Hospital and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston.
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