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   Posted 6/1/2010 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
These are some RA meds(biologic) I have come across lately.  Been seeing commercials for Simponi.  I don't think these are approved for CD yet, but I am not sure.
Wondering if anyone has any info on them?

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   Posted 6/1/2010 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been taking Simponi for a year. It was prescribed for my Ankylosing Spondylitis. Last month I was taken off Imuran by my rheumatologist after being on it for almost 6 years. My GI said he felt the Simponi should control my CD since it is also a anti-TNF med.

Simponi is a monthly injection. Retail cost is about $1800.00. My copay for it is $9.00. If one takes Simponi, they should/must be on MTX. That is not a requirement for AS.

Haven't checked if Simponi is being tested in trials for CD. Simponi is made by Centocor, the same company that makes Remicade.
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   Posted 6/5/2010 12:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I read that they were going to start tests for Simponi for CD sometime soon -- but I read it about 4 months ago. If I can find the article, I'll add it here.
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   Posted 6/5/2010 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I had never heard about Actemra (tocilizumab). I googled a bit but didn't see it mentioned with Crohns.
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