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Real World Effectiveness of Golimumab Therapy in Ulcerative Colitis Regardless of Prior TNF Exposure


Real World Effectiveness of Golimumab Therapy in Ulcerative Colitis Regardless of Prior TNF Exposure

Brian Bressler et al. J Can Assoc Gastroenterol.


Background: The efficacy of golimumab to induce and maintain remission in biologic-naïve patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) is established from placebo-controlled trials. However, golimumab's real-world effectiveness, important to physicians and payers, remains unexplored.

Aim: The goal of this study was to describe real-world use and rate of persistence among UC patients with golimumab therapy and to assess factors that predict discontinuation during golimumab maintenance treatment.

Methods: A retrospective study of UC patients receiving golimumab maintenance therapy (August 2012-August 2015) was conducted on dosing data from a national case management program. Treatment persistence, defined as time from index prescription to the last dose (gap in dose >60 days), was assessed using Kaplan-Meier survival analysis. Predictors of treatment persistence were explored with Cox proportional hazards regression.

Results: One hundred thirty-six patients (50.7% male) with a mean (SD) age of 44.4 (15.6) years were included. At golimumab initiation, 72.1% were naïve to anti-TNFs; 77.2% received 200 mg, while 4.4% and 18.4% received 50 mg and 100 mg, respectively, every 4 weeks (induction therapy). The median time to discontinuation was 530 days, with a cumulative probability of 63% to remain on therapy at one year. Age, gender, golimumab induction, golimumab maintenance dose and prior anti-TNF exposure were not significantly associated with treatment persistence. Dose adjustment occurred in 7.4% of patients during maintenance treatment.

Conclusions: Overall, the persistence rate of golimumab observed in the current real-world study is similar to that described in previous single-centre UC cohorts and consistent with that seen in controlled clinical trials.

Keywords: Biologics; Compliance/adherence; Inflammatory bowel disease; Ulcerative colitis.


Figure 1.
Figure 1.
Persistence on golimumab therapy (nonpersistence >60 days gap)—overall. median persistence was 530 days.
Figure 2.
Figure 2.
Persistence on golimumab therapy (nonpersistence >60 days gap) by prior anti-TNF experience.
Figure 3.
Figure 3.
Persistence on golimumab therapy (nonpersistence >60 days gap) by gender.

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