Nonmedical Adalimumab Switches

G Tapete et al. Inflamm Bowel Dis 2022; 28: 62-69. Effectiveness and Safety of Nonmedical Switch From Adalimumab Originator to SB5 Biosimilar in Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Diseases: Twelve-Month Follow-Up From the TABLET Registry

Methods: Prospective enrollment (n=146) included a ADA and those with a nonmedical switch from the ADA originator (n=98). Clinical remission and safety were assessed at baseline and at 3, 6, and 12 months

Key finding:

  • In the naïve cohort, the overall remission rate at 12 months was 60% (similar to originator adalimumab results); the remission rate in the switching cohort it was 75% with a treatment persistency of 82% at 12 months after the switch
  • No differences were found in terms of ADA serum trough levels at baseline, 3, and 6 months after switching. No patient developed antidrug antibodies after the switch
  • Fecal calprotectin (FC) values trended lower in both cohorts. In the naive cohort, the mean value of FC dropped from 665 (baseline) to 231 at 12 months. In the switch cohort, the mean value of FC dropped from 212 (baseline) to 84 at 12 months

My take: In this cohort, SB5 biosimilar for adalimumab was effective and safe.

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