Safety and Efficacy of Biosimilar Infliximab Treatment in IBD Patients Presented at DDW 2015

Safety and Efficacy of Biosimilar Infliximab Treatment in IBD Patients Presented at DDW 2015
Celltrion Healthcare and Jørgen Jahnsen, Professor of Gastroenterology at the University of Oslo in Norway recently presented at the Digestive Diseases Week (DDW) 2015 in Washington D.C. results from a study that examined the effects of biosimilar infliximab in 78 patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The results showed that the treatment is as effective and safety as the reference medicinal product (RMP). During the satellite symposium, Jørgen Jahnsen, shared his clinical experience of treating patients with IBD in Norway with biosimilar infliximab. During the meeting, results derived from the study were presented, which demonstrated that the treatment reduced disease activity after 14-weeks in 46 Crohn’s disease (CD) and 32 ulcerative colitis (UC) patients. From the total group of patients, 22 had been previously treated with other biologics. “Following approval of the first biosimilar monoclonal antibody by the FDA, there is excitement and anticipation for biosimilar infliximab to also be approved in the US. In Norway, our experience of biosimilar infliximab in patients with IBD over the past year shows that the safety and efficacy of the treatment is comparable to that of the reference medicine, while offering potential budget savings. We therefore expect that the availability of biosimilar infliximab could contribute to improving patient access to advanced biologic treatments," said Professor Jahnsen in a news release. “It is exciting to see both the acceptance within the GI community, an
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