Gastroenterology

A retrospective case series suggests that low-level anti-tumor necrosis factor anti-drug antibodies in patients with inflammatory bowel disease may be overcome by dose escalation and/or addition of an immunomodulator, which can allow for clinical improvement in disease status.
Brandon Shank, PharmD, MPH, BCOP, Clinical Pharamcy Specialist, discusses the merits of the current biosimilar naming system.
Social media posts by patients with Crohn’s disease are a useful data set to understand patient perspectives on treatment with infliximab (Remicade), according to a new study.
At the 2017 AAM Biosimilars Council Conference, Adrian van den Hoven, director general of Medicines for Europe, contradicted the conventional thinking about biosimilars, saying that biosimilars do not simply reduce costs of treatment. Instead, he said, they deliver “huge additional health benefits to patients.”
On Tuesday, leaders of patient advocacy groups presenting at the 2017 AAM Biosimilars Council Conference had a clear message for industry: biosimilar uptake will only happen in earnest when patients begin to see savings on their out-of-pocket treatment costs. 
The European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP), a professional organization that represents over 21,000 hospital pharmacists in 35 European countries, recently released a position paper on biosimilar medicines.
A recent paper published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology examines the complexities posed by biologics and biosimilars in the transition care of adolescent patients who have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Although the use biosimilar infliximab in rheumatoid diseases and inflammatory bowel disease has the potential to reduce the treatment costs, a variety of factors may influence the adoption of biosimilar treatments and their potential impacts on healthcare budgets.
A recent Spanish study concludes that CT-P13, a biosimilar of reference infliximab that has been approved in Korea, the European Union, and the United States, is efficacious and well tolerated in patients with moderate to severe Crohn’s disease (CD) or ulcerative colitis (UC).
The introduction of anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha agents has improved treatment options for patients with inflammatory bowel disease. However, these agents can also lead to increased vulnerability to infections, development of autoimmune diseases, malignancies, and decreased immunogenicity of vaccinations.


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