IBD Study Shows Celltrion’s Inflectra, Biosimilar of Infliximab, Is Safe and Effective

IBD Study Shows Celltrion’s Inflectra, Biosimilar of Infliximab, Is Safe and Effective
Celltrion’s Inflectra, a biosimilar version of infliximab (Remicade), is both safe and effective in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a recent study reported at the Digestive Disease Week 2016 meeting May 21-24 in San Diego, California. The data supports the use of the drug, which was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), proving it to be a viable and economic option to infliximab. Biosimilars — compounds that can be considered interchangeable with a biological drug already approved by the FDA — are intended to provide competition, and tend to be more affordable medical solutions to patients. Their development is supported by the U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Inflectra was the second biosimilar approved by the FDA. The study reported data from 90 patients with Crohn’s disease and 29 patients with ulcerative colitis who had never been treated with TNF-α blocking antibodies before. In addition to safety and tolerability aspects, the study, presented by Martin Bortlik from IBD Clinical and Research Centre in Iscare, Prague, explored the response to Inflectra at weeks 14 and 38. Patients in the study had been ill an average of 6.2 years, and 38 percent had other disease manifestations in addition to their intestinal problems. As many as 27 percent h
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