Evidence-based recommendations on tocilizumab (RoActemra) for treating rheumatoid arthritis in adults.
This guidance has been partially updated by NICE technology appraisal guidance on adalimumab, etanercept, infliximab, certolizumab pegol, golimumab, tocilizumab and abatacept for rheumatoid arthritis not previously treated with DMARDs or after conventional DMARDs only have failed.
Is this guidance up to date?
We reviewed the evidence in September 2013 and found nothing new that affects the recommendations in this guidance.
Next review: This guidance will be reviewed if there is new evidence that is likely to change the recommendations.
There is a patient access scheme for tocilizumab. Contact Roche Customer Care on 0800 731 5711 for details.
Guidance development process
This guidance replaced NICE technology appraisal guidance on tocilizumab for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (TA198).
The recommendations in this guidance represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, health professionals are expected to take this guidance fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients. The application of the recommendations in this guidance is at the discretion of health professionals and their individual patients and do not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.
All problems (adverse events) related to a medicine or medical device used for treatment or in a procedure should be reported to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency using the Yellow Card Scheme.
Commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to provide the funding required to enable the guidance to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients wish to use it, in accordance with the NHS Constitution. They should do so in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities.
Commissioners and providers have a responsibility to promote an environmentally sustainable health and care system and should assess and reduce the environmental impact of implementing NICE recommendations wherever possible.