Genentech Presents Positive Data for Actemra in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Published: Nov 12, 2012
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), today announced that results from the ADACTA study will be presented on November 11 during an oral presentation at the 2012 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington, D.C. Results from the study showed ACTEMRA® (tocilizumab) improved signs and symptoms (DAS28 score reduction) of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) significantly more than adalimumab when used alone as a single-agent therapy (without other disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), including methotrexate). RA patients are often treated with a combination of medicines that typically include a biologic medicine, such as ACTEMRA or adalimumab, plus methotrexate. However, about one in three patients on a biologic treatment such as ACTEMRA or adalimumab receive it as a single-agent therapy, largely due to intolerance to methotrexate.