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Lisa Christ, ACR 2022: Tocilizumab and ultra-short glucocorticoids in giant cell arteritis – one year follow-up of GUSTO

Published Online: November 15th 2022

The GUSTO trial (NCT03745586) investigated the efficacy and safety of tocilizumab (TCZ )-monotherapy after ultra-short glucocorticoid treatment in new-onset giant cell arteritis (GCA). touchIMMUNOLOGY caught up with Dr. Lisa Christ (University of Bern, Inselspital, Bern, Switzerland) to discuss this analysis of GUSTO exploring the maintenance of remission 1 year after discontinuation of TCZ treatment.

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The abstract ‘Long-term Efficacy of Tocilizumab Monotherapy After Ultra-short Glucocorticoid Administration to Treat Giant Cell Arteritis – One Year Follow-up of the GUSTO Trial.’ (Abstract number: 0470) was presented at the ACR Convergence, November 10–14, 2022.

Questions

  1. What is known about the efficacy and safety of tocilizumab in the treatment of giant cell arteritis (GCA)? (0:16)
  2. Could you give us a brief overview of the GUSTO trial and its findings? (1:08)
  3. What were the objectives of the current analysis of the GUSTO trial? (2:12)
  4. What were the findings of this analysis? (2:41)
  5. Why was the relapse rate lower than those reported in earlier clinical trials? (3:12)

Disclosures: Lisa Christ discloses receiving grant/ research support from F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Gilead Sciences, and Pfizer; serving on advisory boards for Bristol-Myers Squibb and Novartis; and other financial support from F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Sanofi.

Support: Interview and filming supported by Touch Medical Media Ltd. Interview conducted by Atiya Henry

Filmed in coverage of the ACR Convergence 2022.

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