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Characterization of inflammatory bowel disease management by vedolizumab and concomitant treatments in real-life clinical practice.

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Published:9th Feb 2019
Author: Ylisaukko-Oja T, Torvinen S, Aaltonen J, Nuutinen H, Blomster T, Jussila A et al.
Source: Biologicals
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Ref.:Biologicals. 2019. pii: S1045-1056(18)30330-0.

Limited data is available on vedolizumab combination therapies in real-world clinical practice. Here, we evaluated the concomitant corticosteroid, immunosuppressive, and 5-aminosalicylic acid utilization of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients treated with vedolizumab in a nationwide, retrospective, non-interventional, multi-centre chart review study.

All adult patients from 27 Finnish gastroenterology centres with a diagnosis of Crohn's disease (CD) or ulcerative colitis (UC) who had at least one vedolizumab infusion since it's availability in Finland were included in the study. Data were collected from medical charts at baseline (vedolizumab treatment initiation), week 14, and month 6. The majority of patients who used corticosteroids at the baseline and persisted on vedolizumab treatment for 6 months were taken off corticosteroid treatment by the 6-month time point (CD, 54.5%; UC, 69.8%). Modest corticosteroid dose reductions were observed among treatment persistent CD patients from the baseline until month 6. Corticosteroid users had less vedolizumab discontinuations due to primary ineffectiveness and more discontinuations due to adverse events than patients not using corticosteroids. Vedolizumab may have a corticosteroid sparing effect in real-world clinical practice. Concomitant corticosteroid use may lead to a lower rate of vedolizumab discontinuation due to primary ineffectiveness, but a higher discontinuation rate due to adverse events.


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