Ulcerative Colitis: Persistence and Colectomy-free Survival With Golimumab vs Adalimumab

Sarfaroj Khan 


November 24, 2020


  • The persistence rates of antitumour necrosis factor agents golimumab and adalimumab as first-line or second-line biologic therapy for ulcerative colitis (UC) were above 64.0% at 12 months following treatment initiation.

  • In addition, the 1-year colectomy-free survival was relatively similar between the 2 treatments.

Why this matters

  • Awareness of the persistence levels observed with adalimumab and golimumab will support appropriate monitoring of patients with UC and better-informed decisions by physicians, with the potential for dose escalation or treatment switching.

Study design

  • This retrospective chart review analysis included 183 adult patients with UC who initiated treatment with golimumab (n=87) or adalimumab (n=96) between 2016 and 2017 using data from 16 National Health Service (NHS) sites in the UK.

  • Primary outcome: treatment persistence rate; secondary outcomes: colectomy-free survival and treatment switching.

  • Funding: None disclosed.

Key results

  • At 12 months following treatment initiation, the persistence rates were 64.6% for adalimumab and 64.4% for golimumab (P=.681).

  • Overall, 37 (20.2%) patients switched to other therapy within 1 year; 15 (8.2%) patients receiving golimumab switched to another biologic compared with 22 (12%) patients receiving adalimumab.

  • Of patients prescribed adalimumab, 14 (14.6%) had ≥1 dose adjustment and the majority (85.7%) had dose escalations.

  • Overall, 15 (8.2%) patients underwent colectomy within 12 months following initiation of golimumab or adalimumab, with no significant difference in colectomy-free survival by treatments (P=.735).


  • Retrospective design.


Hoque S, Puenpatom A, Boccaletti S, Green C, Black CM, Roberts J, Rajkovic I, Milligan G. Treatment persistence and colectomy-free outcomes in patients with ulcerative colitis receiving golimumab or adalimumab: a UK experience. BMJ Open Gastroenterol. 2020;7(1). doi: 10.1136/bmjgast-2020-000476. PMID: 33199269 View full text

This clinical summary originally appeared on Univadis, part of the Medscape Professional Network.


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