Evidence-based recommendations on adalimumab (Humira), etanercept (Enbrel), infliximab (Remicade, Remsima, Inflectra), certolizumab pegol (Cimzia), golimumab (Simponi), tocilizumab (RoActemra) and abatacept (Orencia). These drugs are for adults with severe rheumatoid arthritis who have tried conventional DMARDs only but they have not worked.

The recommendations also apply to biosimilar products of the technologies that have a marketing authorisation allowing the use of the biosimilar for the same indication.

This guidance replaces NICE technology appraisal guidance on:

  • adalimumab, etanercept and infliximab for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (TA130)
  • certolizumab pegol for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (TA186)
  • golimumab for the treatment of methotrexate-naive rheumatoid arthritis (TA224) and
  • abatacept for treating rheumatoid arthritis after the failure of conventional disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (TA280).

It partially updates golimumab for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis after the failure of previous disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (TA225) and tocilizumab for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (TA247).

Guidance development process

How we develop NICE technology appraisal guidance

Next review date: January 2019

Your responsibility

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.

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.

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