BSRBR-RA Online Database Turns 1!

Happy 1st Anniversary to the

BSRBR-RA Online Database 

This time last year we switched to online data collection and many of our Trusts are now registering participants and completing follow up forms online.
If you would like to know more about online access please contact us via email

Drug Names: Recording Therapy Changes

What’s in a name?

Recording therapy changes at Clinical Follow Up


With many biosimilars on the market we would like to remind you of the importance of using the drug trade names when completing clinical follow up.  Without the trade name it makes it difficult for us to get a full picture of the patient’s treatment history, including knowing which drug they were on at the time of any adverse event.

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Dates of changes are also important, please let us know the date of the last dose of the previous drug as well as the new start date.  We understand this can be difficult if the patient is starting a new prescription via home delivery or has an old prescription that needs to be used first, but even a month and year can be useful to us rather than a missing date.

If you really can’t get you hands on the information please let us know by making a note on the form so that we do not repeatedly contact you for missing information.

We really appreciate all the details that you provide us with, thank you.

BSR Annual Conference


As usual members of the BSRBR-RA team will be at the conference to present our research and keep you up to date with all the goings on of the BSRBR-RA.

Where to catch us…

Presentations – Tues 1st May


13.15 – 14.15: Latest project news from the BSR Biologics Registers

 Followed by

14.15 – 15-45: BSR Biologics Registers: a scientific update


Posters – Exhibition hall


Tue 1st May, no. 87

Refractory disease in rheumatoid arthritis: results from the British Society of Rheumatology Biologics Register for rheumatoid arthritis.  This poster will also be part of the Editor’s picks poster tour, Tues 1st May, 10.30-11.30

Thurs 3rd May, no. 243. 

Long-term risk of serious infections in patients with rheumatoid arthritis treated with rituximab: five year data from the British Society of Rheumatology Biologics Register for rheumatoid arthritis

Thurs 3rd May, no. 241. 

Profiling rheumatoid arthritis biosimilar switchers: data from the British Society of Rheumatology Biologics Register for rheumatoid arthritis. 


Biologics Registers Stand


Come along and say hello to members of our team at our stand.  We will have lots of information updates and our team are also eager to answer any questions you have about the register!


Annual Statements & BSRBR-RA Contributors

Annual statements will be arriving soon; these will update how your centre is doing in terms of recruitment and follow up. Please remember to update us with contact details and get in touch with any queries you have about your statement.

Annual Statement 2017

Now is also a good time to make sure those involved with the collecting of data at your centre are included on our contributors list.  This is a list of ALL rheumatologists/ nurses/ allied health professionals who have EVER contributed clinical date to the BSRBR-RA since it began in 2001.

There will be a form included with your statement or you can access this via the website and view the current list HERE.


Study News

Centre of the Month

This year we have had over 2000 registrations and received almost 16,000 clinical follow up forms.  Thank you to everyone involved in supporting the register by registering participants, completing our follow-up forms/ information requests and providing this essential data to the register.

November centre of the month awards go to:

Actemra (tocilizumab) recruitment – Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn

Biosimilar & Total recruitment – Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust (QMC)

Well done to our top recruiters and keep up the good work everyone.


Office News

The BSRBR-RA offices will be closed from Friday 22nd December and reopening Wednesday 3rd January 2018.  We are sorry but we will not be available during this time to answer your queries (but we won’t be sending you any new paperwork either).  Any emails or messages left for us will be dealt with upon our return in the New Year.

Merry Christmas from the BSRBR-RA Team.