Clinical Trends for June 2016

Ryan Syrek


July 01, 2016

Each week, we identify one top search term, speculate as to what caused its popularity, and provide an infographic on a related condition. If you have thoughts about what's trending and why, feel free to share them with us on Twitter or Facebook!

Clinical Trend of the Week (June 25-July 1): Lupus

A look at cost-effectiveness in drug use and the awarding of a prize helped drive this week's top search term. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published final guidance regarding the cost-effectiveness for England and Wales. The guidance recommended belimumab for treating systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in adults, provided certain conditions are met. Meanwhile, the 2016 Lupus Insight Prize was awarded this week to Ann Marshak-Rothstein, PhD, University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center and Professor of Medicine/Rheumatology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Marshak-Rothstein generated a mouse model mimicking cutaneous lupus. A combination of guidance for an existing drug and the potential for future treatments, resulted in a spike in physician searches for the condition.

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