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E54: Rheum4Debate - Triple Tx is 1st Line in RA w/No Response to MTX

January 16th, 2020

Happy New Year!  This week Dr. Anisha Dua (@anisha_dua) and Dr. Sarah Fantus (@sarahfantus) debate this motion: "In MTX non-responders with RA, triple therapy (adding HCQ & SSZ) should be first line."  Please be sure to VOTE AGAIN on twitter (@ebrheum) after you have listened! 

E53: Another Look at Nintedanib for SSc-ILD

December 19th, 2019

This week I go back to a topic from episode 42, the SENSCIS trial and nintedanib for SSc-ILD.  The way this medication has been received and a recent article I wrote for The Rheumatologist gave me a nice jumping off point to cover a few more issues from this. Be sure to follow me @EBRheum to let me know what you think! The corresponding article is available here:

E52: HOPE RCT - Prednisone for OA of the Hand

December 4th, 2019

Surprising RCT this week discussing the HOPE trial, which pitted 10mg prednisone against placebo for inflammatory hand OA. I do think this will change my practice, but in a far narrower sense than the headline would suggest. Check it out and find all my other content at! 

E51: Rheum4Debate - “Start TCZ Upfront in GCA”

November 26th, 2019

Rheum4Debate is back!  This week we have Dr. Anisha Dua arguing in support of the motion, "Patients with newly diagnosed GCA should start glucocorticoids WITH tocilizumab over glucocorticoids alone."  I argue against the motion and Dr. Sarah Fantus was kind enough to moderate.  
In our pre-debate poll, 51% supported the motion, 34% disagree with the motion, and 15% were undecided.  Please be sure to vote in the post-debate motion on twitter as well!  Find me @ebrheum, Dr. Dua @anisha_dua, and Dr. Fantus @sarahfantus.  

E50: Housekeeping 2

October 24th, 2019

Super brief "checking in" podcast this week.  In short, say "hi" at ACR, write me a review on apple podcasts, send this to a friend, and keep listening :). 

E49: IL17i vs. TNFi for Psoriatic Arthritis (SPIRIT-H2H)

October 17th, 2019

Today I dive into the emerging therapies for psoriatic arthritis, focusing on the IL17i ixekizumab and the recently published SPIRIT-H2H trial. It's a great combination of my favorite thing in RCTs (head to head trials) and my least favorite thing in RCTs (RCTs that were designed in such a way that they don't answer the question I want to know).  

E48: ADACTA - Tocilizumab or Adalimumab in MTX Intolerant Patients with RA

October 3rd, 2019

This week I revisit an old paper - the 2013 ADACTA trial that assessed tocilizumab and adalimumab for patients who cannot take or were intolerant of MTX.  

E47: HCQ Blood Levels and HCQ Retinopathy

September 26th, 2019

This week I decided to discuss the question of HCQ and retinal toxicity.  It has been controversial the past few years and we're all trying to get a handle on how to approach this. The Hopkins SLE group released this fascinating study on a large group of patients who had blood levels tracked. Worth a read and (hopefully) a listen!  

E46: Rituximab in Lupus

September 15th, 2019

Finally got around to tackling rituximab in SLE.  This is a tough topic: lots of people feel passionately one way or another, flawed observational data supports its use, flawed RCTs did not find significant benefit, and patients are left in the lurch.  I tried my best and came away more confident than ever that there's no clear answer.  I hope you enjoy; please send me feedback on twitter @ebrheum! 

E45: TNF or TCZ or ABA or RTX: Real World Data for RA

August 29th, 2019

This week I tackle an interesting cohort study that Jack Cush (@RheumNow) mentioned in his podcast.  It's a nice opportunity to discuss bDMARDs in the "real world" (AKA Sweden).  Follow me @ebrheum and let me know what you think of the episode!