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Humira most favored among biologics for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis

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Abbott/Eisai’s Humira most favored among biologics for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, says DR report

US gastroenterologists survey by USA-based advisory firm Decision Resources estimate that (assuming no new data on adverse events emerge) they will treat fewer Crohn’s disease patients with Centocor Ortho Biotech/Merck/Mitsubishi Tanabe’s Remicade (infliximab) by the end of 2010, while the percentage of biologics-treated patients receiving Abbott/Eisai’s Humira (adalimumab) will increase to 36%. Surveyed gastroenterologists also indicate that the percentage of patients treated with a biologic who receive UCB/Otsuka’s Cimzia (certolizumab pegol) will rise from 9% to 12% within the next year.

DR’s new Physician & Payer Forum report, titled The Expanding Biologics Landscape in CD and UC: Clinician and Payer Perspective on the Role of Premium-Priced Biologics in CD and UC Treatment also finds that, on average, surveyed gastroenterologists report prescribing Remicade to 31% of their ulcerative colitis patients.

Acne drug linked to bowel disease

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Acne drug linked to bowel disease

Individuals receiving the acne drug isotretinoin are four times more likely to develop a bowel disease known as ulcerative colitis within a year of consumption.

Isotretinoin, best known by the brand-name Accutane, is commonly used for the treatment of severe recalcitrant acne. Serious side effects such as suicidal tendencies and liver damage are reported following the use of the drug.

Certain associations of the drug and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) — a group of inflammatory disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease — had already been reported; the definite association, however, has yet to be confirmed.

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Written by CarlAn

11/04/2010 at 16:41

1.5 Million American’s have Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis

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Written by CarlAn

20/09/2009 at 16:31

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