Gastroenterology

During this week’s 14th Congress of the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation, multiple research teams reported on efforts to better understand the factors that impact adalimumab therapy in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Celltrion, maker of biosimilar infliximab CT-P13 (Remsima, Inflectra), has recently submitted an application to the European Medicines Agency for a subcutaneous formulation of the biosimilar. 
The advent of biosimilar adalimumab in the European Union was among the most eagerly awaited events for biosimilar stakeholders in 2018. During this week’s European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation’s 14th Congress, held in Copenhagen, Denmark, research teams are presenting findings concerning antidrug antibody (ADA) development related to adalimumab and therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) of one of those adalimumab biosimilars: Amgen’s ABP 501, sold in the European Union as Amgevita.
 
In patients with ulcerative colitis and Crohn disease, treatment with biologics is often effective, but adverse events or loss of response may lead to discontinuation. Several studies that will be presented at this week’s European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation’s 14th Congress, held in Copenhagen, Denmark, sought to investigate factors related drug survival and discontinuation of biologic therapies for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
This week, the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) will hold its 14th Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark. During the meeting, which runs from March 6-9, experts will gather from around the globe to discuss significant medical research into the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and numerous researchers will present findings on real-world switches to biosimilar infliximab CT-P13 (Inflectra, Remsima).
Evidence to support treating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a category that includes Crohn disease and ulcerative colitis, with biosimilar infliximab continues to develop, and several new studies highlight the safety and efficacy of long-term treatment with CT-P13 (Inflectra, Remsima).
Acute severe ulcerative colitis (ASUC) can occur in up to 25% of patients with UC. Salvage therapy with infliximab or cyclosporine is standard first-line therapy for patients who do not respond adequately to intravenous corticosteroids, but questions have arisen about the cost-effectiveness of this approach versus early colectomy. A recent study, conducted in a tertiary hospital network in Australia, sought to compare healthcare utilization and costs between patients with ASUC who had early colectomy and those who were treated with infliximab.
Despite the fact that biosimilars have a longer history in the European Union than in the United States, many European patients still lack awareness of these medicines, and data suggest that a lack of awareness may be keeping patients from adhering to their therapies.
The body of evidence demonstrating the safety and efficacy of biosimilar infliximab, CT-P13 (Inflectra, Remsima), is growing, particularly in the extrapolated indication of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This month saw the publication of 2 new studies that provided reassuring data on CT-P13, one of which focused on switching pediatric patients with IBD to CT-P13, and the second of which explored switching to the reference infliximab from the biosimilar in adults with IBD.
A recent letter, published in Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, reported on early findings from an ongoing, 18-month, multicenter, observational prospective study conducted among the cohort of the Sicilian Network for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). According to the authors of the letter, these are the first data on SB2 in treating IBD.

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