Centocor Ortho Biotech announced results from its Phase 3 study of Remicade (infliximab) in the treatment of pediatric patients with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis (UC). This randomized, multicenter, open-label study enrolled 60 patients who had previously failed to respond to or tolerate treatment with 6-mercaptopurine, azathioprine, corticosteroids, and/or 5-aminosalicylate. Patients were administered Remicade 5mg/kg at Weeks 0, 2, and 6. Remicade induced clinical response in 73.3% of patients aged 6–17 years at Week 8, the primary endpoint of the trial.

Patients achieving clinical response at Week 8 (n=45) were randomized to receive Remicade 5mg/kg every eight weeks through Week 46 (n=22) or every 12 weeks through Week 42 (n=23).  At Week 54, twice as many patients in the group that received Remicade every eight weeks (38.1%) achieved remission by the Pediatric UC Activity Index compared with the group that received Remicade every 12 weeks (18.2%), though this did not reach statistical significance (P=0.146) due to the small sample sizes.

Remicade is an anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha biologic agent with broad clinical utility with indications in Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, ulcerative colitis, pediatric Crohn’s disease and psoriasis.

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