Author Archives: Patricia Inacio PhD

PR3-ANCA Antibodies Tied to More Relapses in EGPA Patients

People with eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA) who carry antibodies against the proteinase 3 (PR3) protein have more frequent relapses and a shorter time to relapse or death than patients without such antibodies, a South Korean study shows. These findings highlight the need to look for the presence of…

Kidney Specialists May Benefit Some EGPA Patients, Report Suggests

Kidney disease is less common among people with eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA), but some patients may experience severe kidney damage and require management by specialists, a case report shows. The study, “Renal Involvement in Eosinophilic Granulomatosis With Polyangiitis,” was published in the journal Kidney International Reports.

Thyroid Med for Graves’ Disease Triggered AAV

A woman of childbearing years developed ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) after taking the thyroid medication methimazole to treat her Graves’ disease, a case report shows. The patient experienced signs of respiratory and kidney failure secondary to AAV, but her symptoms improved after discontinuing the medication and starting immunosuppressive medications. Four…

PANTHERx, Rare Disease Pharmacy, to Distribute Tavneos in US

Tavneos (avacopan), a recently approved add-on oral therapy for severe, active ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV), will be distributed in the U.S. by PANTHERx, the country’s leading rare disease pharmacy. The announcement follows an agreement with ChemoCentryx, Tavneos’ developer, which selected the pharmacy as a limited distribution partner. “PANTHERx is proud…

FDA Approves Tavneos as Add-on Therapy for Severe MPA, GPA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Tavneos (avacopan) as an add-on therapy for people with severe active microscopic polyangiitis (MPA) and granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), the two most common forms of ANCA-associated vasculitis. The approval comes after an advisory committee narrowly supported avacopan’s approval…

New Index May Better Predict All-cause Mortality at AAV Diagnosis

A novel index that computes five simple laboratory results at the time of diagnosis may improve predictions of all-cause mortality among patients with ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV), a South Korean study reports. These lab results include the levels of immune neutrophils, lymphocytes, and monocytes, and of proteins C-reactive protein and…

Expert Panel Issues Guidance on Rituximab and COVID-19 Vaccination

A group of European experts have drafted a series of recommendations for the use of immunosuppressive therapies, such as rituximab, and the timing for COVID-19 vaccination in people with ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV). Most treatment plans will require a tailored approach, and a likely delay in immunosuppressive doses during vaccination,…