Gastroenterology

Health New England says it achieved 93% utilization by requiring prior authorization.
Just 6% of the Asian doctors said they felt confident using biosimilars in clinical practice. A survey of European doctors found a similar confidence level in 2013, but that level had climbed to 28.8% by 2015.
The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Net, an official working group of the Swiss Society of Gastroenterology, has issued a new position statement on the use of biosimilars in treating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
While anti–tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) drugs are effective at treating a range of inflammatory diseases, some limited data suggest that they may, paradoxically, result in a higher risk of developing other de novo inflammatory conditions.
At the United European Gastroenterology Week 2019, held in Barcelona, Spain, earlier this year, a research team from the Netherlands reported on the prevalence of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) switching back to the reference infliximab after a previous switch to biosimilar CT-P13, and found that switching back appeared to be effective in patients with IBD.
It has been hypothesized that metalloproteinases, and particularly MMP3, could a have a role in degrading anti–tumor necrosis factor drugs, leading to treatment failure in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
The pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance engaged the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health to lead a multiphase stakeholder consultation process to encourage biosimilar uptake.
As yet, there exists no consensus as to whether proactive or reactive monitoring is the most appropriate approach in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) who receive infliximab therapy.
In Crohn disease (CD), anti–tumor necrosis factor therapies like adalimumab have provided an alternative to long-term corticosteroid therapy and have reduced the need for many patients to have surgical interventions. It has been proposed that early treatment with biologics may lead to better outcomes and fewer complications—like strictures and fistulae—and findings from a recent study support that assertion.
Data on the safety and efficacy of biosimilar infliximab CT-P13 (Inflectra, Remsima) in treating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) continue to accrue, in both adult patients and in pediatric patients, and a study from Finland adds to that body of knowledge, while another study in pediatric patients shows that Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors may be an option for those who do not respond adequately to infliximab or other biologic treatment.

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