Exposure to golimumab during pregnancy: Results from the Company's global safety database

Pharmacol Res Perspect. 2024 Aug;12(4):e1240. doi: 10.1002/prp2.1240.


Data on the use of golimumab (GLM) during pregnancy are limited. This study evaluated pregnancy outcomes in women treated with GLM during pregnancy. Cumulative data on GLM-exposed pregnancies from the Company's global safety database (GSD) are summarized. Cases were medically confirmed maternal exposures to GLM during pregnancy or within 3 months prior to conception with a reported pregnancy outcome. Pregnancy outcomes (e.g., live births) and congenital anomalies in prospectively reported cases (i.e., pregnancy outcome not known when first reported to the company) are presented in a descriptive manner. As of May 31, 2022, 261 prospectively reported pregnancies exposed to GLM were reported in the GSD: 214 (82.0%) live births (including six sets of twins), 31 (11.9%) spontaneous abortions (including one set of twins), 13 (5.0%) induced/elective abortions, 2 (0.8%) reported intrauterine death/still birth, and 1 (0.4%) fetal adverse event in an ongoing pregnancy. The majority of pregnancies had exposure to GLM at least in the first trimester of pregnancy. In total, seven congenital anomalies (7/261; 2.7%) were reported. Of these seven congenital anomalies, five were considered major according to EUROCAT classification version 1.4. Among the five prospectively reported congenital anomalies noted in live births (5/214; 2.3%), four were classified as major (4/214; 1.8%). The rates of adverse pregnancy outcomes and major congenital anomalies in prospectively reported pregnancy cases with exposure to GLM in the Company's GSD were consistent with published background rates for the general population.

Keywords: abortion; congenital anomalies; golimumab; live birth; pharmacovigilance; pregnancy; tumor necrosis factor inhibitors.

MeSH terms

  • Abnormalities, Drug-Induced* / epidemiology
  • Abnormalities, Drug-Induced* / etiology
  • Abortion, Spontaneous / chemically induced
  • Abortion, Spontaneous / epidemiology
  • Adult
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal* / adverse effects
  • Antirheumatic Agents / adverse effects
  • Databases, Factual*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Live Birth / epidemiology
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / drug therapy
  • Pregnancy Complications / epidemiology
  • Pregnancy Outcome* / epidemiology
  • Prospective Studies
  • Young Adult


  • golimumab
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Antirheumatic Agents