Certolizumab Pegol in Patients With Moderate to Severe Crohn's Disease and Secondary Failure to Infliximab

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA.
Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology: the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (Impact Factor: 7.9). 05/2010; 8(8):688-695.e2. DOI: 10.1016/j.cgh.2010.04.021
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Patients with moderate to severe Crohn's disease who receive infliximab may experience secondary failure (loss of response and/or hypersensitivity). Data on the utility of switching to certolizumab pegol in these patients are limited.
A total of 539 patients with active Crohn's disease and secondary failure to infliximab were enrolled in a 26-week trial. Patients received open-label induction with subcutaneous certolizumab pegol 400 mg at weeks 0, 2, and 4. Those in clinical response at week 6 were randomized to certolizumab pegol 400 mg every 2 or every 4 weeks through week 24. The primary end point was response at week 6. Secondary end points included remission at week 6 and response and remission at week 26.
At week 6, 334 of 539 patients (62.0%) achieved response and 212 of 539 (39.3%) achieved remission. A total of 329 patients were randomized and received maintenance therapy. At week 26, 39.9% (67 of 168) and 36.6% (59 of 161) of patients in the every-4-weeks and every-2-weeks groups were in clinical response, respectively (P = .55). Corresponding remission rates at week 26 were 29.2% and 30.4%, respectively (P = .81). Serious infections occurred in 9 of 539 (1.7%) and 12 of 373 (3.2%) of patients during induction and maintenance, respectively. A single malignancy (skin carcinoma) occurred in a patient receiving every-4-weeks maintenance therapy.
Response to open-label induction therapy with certolizumab pegol was achieved by 62% of patients with moderate to severely active Crohn's disease and secondary failure to infliximab. Among these patients, certolizumab pegol 400 mg every 4 weeks showed similar efficacy to every-2-weeks dosing for maintenance of response and remission.

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    • "The 26-Week open-label trial evaluating the clinical benefit and tolerability of certolizumab pegol induction and maintenance in patients suffering from Crohn’s disease with prior loss of response or intolerance to infliximab (WELCOME) trial evaluated the clinical benefits and tolerability of certolizumab pegol over 26 weeks in patients with moderate to severe CD with prior LoR and/or hypersensitivity to IFX.61 At week 6, 62% of patients achieved a 100-point decrease (64.3% in patients with prior LoR to IFX) and 69.2% achieved a 70-point or greater decrease in Crohn’s Disease Activity Index scores from baseline, with a clinical remission rate (Crohn’s Disease Activity Index score ≤150 points) reported in 39.3% of patients. "
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