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Changes in serum creatinine in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis treated with tofacitinib: results from clinical trials

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Introduction: Small increases in mean serum creatinine (SCr) were observed in studies of rheumatoid arthritis patients during tofacitinib treatment. These SCr changes were investigated and potential mechanisms explored.Methods: SCr values and renal adverse event data were pooled from five Phase 3 and two long-term extension (LTE) studies. Dose-response relationships and association with inflammation (C-reactive protein (CRP)) were explored using Phase 2 data and confirmed with Phase 3 data.Results: In Phase 3, least squares mean SCr differences from placebo at Month 3 were 0.02 and 0.04 mg/dl for tofacitinib 5 and 10 mg twice daily (BID) (P < 0.05), respectively. During Months 0 to 3, confirmed SCr >= 33% increases over baseline were reported in 17 (1.4%; 5 mg BID) and 23 (1.9%; 10 mg BID) patients. Generally, elevations plateaued and remained within normal limits throughout Phase 3 and LTE studies. Exposure-response modeling demonstrated small, reversible effects of tofacitinib on mean SCr, and significant (P < 0.05) effects of CRP on model parameters. Phase 3 data confirmed that patients with higher baseline CRP or greater CRP decreases following tofacitinib treatment had the largest increases in SCr. Across Phase 3 and LTE studies, 22 tofacitinib-treated patients had clinical acute renal failure (ARF), predominantly in the setting of concurrent serious illness.Conclusions: Tofacitinib treatment was associated with small, reversible mean increases in SCr that plateaued early. The mechanism behind these SCr changes remains unknown, but may involve effects of tofacitinib on inflammation. ARF occurred infrequently, was associated with concurrent serious illness, and was unrelated to prior SCr increases.

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Author(s): Isaacs JD, Zuckerman A, Krishnaswami S, Nduaka C, Lan SP, Hutmacher MM, Boy MG, Kowalski K, Menon S, Riese R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Arthritis Research & Therapy

Year: 2014

Volume: 16

Issue: 4

Print publication date: 25/07/2014

Online publication date: 25/07/2014

Acceptance date: 15/07/2014

ISSN (print): 1478-6354

ISSN (electronic): 1478-6362

Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.


DOI: 10.1186/ar4673


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