Author Archives: Maureen Newman

RayVa Topical Treatment Safe and Effective in Phase 2a SCL-Related Raynaud’s Phenomenon Trial from Apricus

Top-line results from the Apricus Biosciences, Inc. Phase 2a clinical trial for RayVa™ topical treatment in patients with scleroderma-related Raynaud’s phenomenon indicate the treatment is safe and effective. Patients tolerated treatment and reported a noticeable change in the way their skin temperature responded to a cold challenge. There are…

Study Discusses Three Therapies for Digital Ulcers in SSc

Digital ulcers, or open sores on the fingers and toes that do not heal, are common complications of systemic sclerosis. Approximately 30% of patients with systemic sclerosis have digital ulcers, most commonly on the fingertips or on the elbows due to taut skin or trauma. These painful sores can lead…

Antiphospholipid Antibody Levels High In SSc Patients

Autoimmune conditions can sometimes come in pairs, and it appears that individuals for systemic sclerosis (SSc) may also be at a risk for antiphospholipid antibody syndrome. A study from the Clinical Immunology Department of Colentina Clinical Hospital in Romania identified that patients with SSc commonly express antiphospholipid antibodies, although not…

Breakthrough Therapy Designation Awarded to Roche for SSc Treatment

It’s a breakthrough: Roche has been awarded breakthrough therapy designation status for its ACTEMRA®/RoACTEMRA® (tocilizumab) treatment in patients with systemic sclerosis. The designation will enable Roche to speed up development and review of its treatment to help bring systemic sclerosis patients this new treatment as soon as possible. “Close to…