Gastroenterology

Maternal use of non-TNF inhibitor biologic, tofacitinib pose minimal infectious risk to offspring

ATLANTA — The use of either non-TNF inhibitor biologics or tofacitinib for chronic inflammatory diseases during pregnancy did not significantly increase risk for serious infections among infants, according to findings presented at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting.
“Infants could be exposed to therapeutic and potentially supratherapeutic levels of biologic and small-molecule drugs during pregnancy, leading to concerns that these agents could cause immunosuppression and, therefore, serious infection in offspring,” Evelyne Vinet, MD, PhD, associate professor of rheumatology and

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