Stelara Reduces Risk of Hospitalization, Surgery for Crohn’s Patients, New Phase 3 Data Show

Stelara Reduces Risk of Hospitalization, Surgery for Crohn’s Patients, New Phase 3 Data Show
Stelara (ustekinumab) can reduce the risk of Crohn’s disease-related hospitalization and surgery, according to new two-year Phase 3 results announced by Janssen, the therapy's maker. This new analysis of long-term data from the ongoing Phase 3 IM-UNITI extension trial (NCT01369355) was presented at the 2018 Digestive Disease Week meeting, recently held in Washington, D.C. The abstract was titled “Reduced rates of Crohn’s- related surgeries, hospitalizations and alternate biologic initiation with ustekinumab in the IM-UNITI study through 2 years.” “Crohn’s disease can have a significant impact on patients, with most having multiple relapses and many experiencing complications that require intervention. These long-term data from IM-UNITI are particularly encouraging for clinicians as they demonstrate that treatment with ustekinumab [Stelara] reduced the need for hospitalisation, surgery, or a switch to another treatment,” William Sandborn, MD, gastroenterology chief at UC San Diego Health System and a study investigator, said in a press release. IM-UNITI, a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group study, evaluated the effecti
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