See important rheumatology news and information from the American College of Rheumatology.
ACR Statement on Access to Reproductive Healthcare
The ACR’s statement on access to reproductive healthcare highlights negative impacts of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson ruling, as well as the ACR’s opposition to policies that limit access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare and interfere with shared decision making between patients and healthcare professionals.
Read the ACR's Statement
ACR Issues Methotrexate Guidance for Policymakers
The ACR offers recommendations for the allocation of methotrexate, in particular for those states where abortion restrictions have created confusion and barriers to patient access. Methotrexate must remain accessible to people with rheumatic diseases, and safeguards must protect rheumatology professionals, pharmacists, and patients from potential legal penalties.
Read the Methotrexate Guidance
ACR Statement on JAK Inhibitor Boxed Warning
On September 1, the FDA placed a boxed warning on tofacitinib, baricitinib, and upadacitinib due to data demonstrating increased risk of MACE, malignancy, thrombotic events, and mortality when tofacitinib was compared to TNFi in long-term surveillance data. In addition, the FDA adjusted the indications for the use of these JAK inhibitors, making them approved for TNF inhibitor inadequate response or intolerance. On January 27, 2022, the ORAL surveillance study was published and the data behind the changes were released.
Read ACR Statement on JAK Inhibitor Boxed Warning
ACR/ABIM MOC Town Hall
The ACR and ABIM leadership hosted a virtual town hall on January 27 to address the ABIM Longitudinal Knowledge Assessment (LKA™) and provide the information you need to determine if the LKA™ is right for you.
ACR Town Hall Recording: Provider Burnout
The ACR hosted a town hall, Provider Burnout, on October 27. The town hall focused on the causes of burnout as well as methods to measure, overcome, and improve resilience to burnout among professionals in rheumatology. Hear from Christine Sinsky, MD, MACP, Vice President of Professional Satisfaction at the American Medical Association, as she offers insight on ways to reinstate the joy in medicine.
Watch Provider Burnout Town Hall Recording
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