Use of biosimilars in inflammatory bowel disease: Statements of the Italian Group for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Alessandro Armuzzi

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The introduction of biological therapies, particularly anti-TNFα agents, has revolutionized the management of inflammatory bowel disease in those cases which are refractory to conventional treatment; however these drugs are not risk-free and their use has substantially increased the cost of treatment. As marketing protection expires for original, first-generation biopharmaceuticals, lower-cost "copies" of these drugs produced by competitor companies-referred to as biosimilars-are already entering the market. In September 2013, the European Medicines Agency approved two infliximab biosimilars for treatment of adult and paediatric inflammatory bowel disease patients, a decision based largely on efficacy and safety data generated in studies of patients with ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis. For many clinicians, extrapolation practices and the general question of interchangeability between biosimilars and reference biologics are cause for concern. In the present paper, the Italian Group for inflammatory bowel disease presents its statements on these issues, with emphasis on the peculiar clinical characteristics of inflammatory bowel disease and the importance of providing physicians and patients with adequate information and guarantees on the safety and efficacy of these new drugs in the specific setting of inflammatory bowel disease.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)963-968
Numero di pagine6
RivistaDigestive and Liver Disease
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2014


  • Anti-TNFα
  • Biosimilars
  • Crohn's disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Ulcerative colitis


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