Hospira Presents Updates on Biosimilar Inflectra for IBD at 2015 ECCO-IBD Conference

Hospira Presents Updates on Biosimilar Inflectra for IBD at 2015 ECCO-IBD Conference
Recently, IBD News Today reported on how Hospira, Inc. announced the launch of Inflectra (infliximab), the first biosimilar monoclonal antibody (mAb), in major European markets. Now, the company has been invited to the European Crohn's and Colitis Organisation Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (ECCO-ibd) conference to present the latest research updates on the usage of Inflectra. The results show that patients treated with Inflectra have a comparable response to those treated with reference drug Remicade® (infliximab) to address both Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The data presented supports Inflectra's indication as an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) treatment. The results are based on an ongoing prospective, independent and nationwide study in Hungary that enrolled 57 patients with Crohn's disease and 33 with ulcerative colitis. Patients were treated with Inflectra and the outcomes were assessed after 2 and 6 weeks of treatment. During induction therapy in ulcerative colitis patients, a reduction of the inflammation marker C-reactive protein (CRP) was registered and 4 of the 90 patients, those who had previously been treated with anti-TNF drugs, experienced an allergic reaction to treatment. The abstract of this study can be viewed at: "P314 Biosimilar infliximab in inflammatory bowel diseases: first interim results from a prospective nationwide observational cohort." Peter Lakatos, the leader of the research group, said in a press release: "The results of this study thus far have been deeply informative to confirm the clinical efficacy and safety of biosimilar infliximab following its introduction to the Hungarian market last year. The induction and maintenance of remission in patients prescribed Inflectra are exactly as we woul
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