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Moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis: four-year maintenance treatment with Adalimumab - Data from ULTRA 1, 2, and 3


The safety and efficacy of Adalimumab ( Humira ) for patients with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis has been reported up to week 52 from the placebo-controlled trials ULTRA ( Ulcerative Colitis Long-Term Remission and Maintenance with Adalimumab ) 1 and 2.
Up to 4 years of data for Adalimumab-treated patients from ULTRA 1, 2, and the open-label extension ULTRA 3 are presented.

Remission per partial Mayo score, remission per Inflammatory Bowel Disease Questionnaire ( IBDQ ) score, and mucosal healing rates were assessed in Adalimumab-randomized patients from ULTRA 1 and 2 up to week 208.
Corticosteroid-free remission was assessed in Adalimumab-randomized patients who used corticosteroids at lead-in study baseline.
Maintenance of remission per partial Mayo score and mucosal healing was assessed in patients who entered ULTRA 3 in remission per full Mayo score and with mucosal healing, respectively.

As observed, last observation carried forward ( LOCF ) and nonresponder imputation ( NRI ) were used to report efficacy.

A total of 600/1,094 patients enrolled in ULTRA 1 or 2 were randomized to receive Adalimumab and included in the intent-to-treat analyses of the studies. Of these, 199 patients remained on Adalimumab after 4 years of follow-up.

Rates of remission per partial Mayo score, remission per IBDQ score, mucosal healing, and corticosteroid discontinuation at week 208 were 24.7%, 26.3%, 27.7% ( NRI ), and 59.2% ( observed ), respectively.

Of the patients who were followed up in ULTRA 3 ( 588/1,094 ), a total of 360 patients remained on Adalimumab 3 years later. Remission per partial Mayo score and mucosal healing after ULTRA 1 or 2 to year 3 of ULTRA 3 were maintained by 63.6% and 59.9% of patients, respectively ( NRI ).

Adverse event rates were stable over time.

In conclusion, remission, mucosal healing, and improved quality of life were maintained in patients with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis with long-term Adalimumab therapy, for up to 4 years.
No new safety signals were reported. ( Xagena )

Colombel JF et al, Am J Gastroenterol 2014 ; Epub ahead of print

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