Reinduction with Certolizumab Pegol in Patients with Crohn's Disease Experiencing Disease Exacerbation: 7-Year Data from the PRECiSE 4 Study

Scott D. Lee*, David T. Rubin, William J. Sandborn, Charles Randall, Ziad Younes, Stefan Schreiber, David A. Schwartz, Robert Burakoff, David Binion, Themos Dassopoulos, Razvan Arsenescu, Alexandra Gutierrez, Ellen Scherl, Cem Kayhan, Iram Hasan, Gordana Kosutic, Marshall Spearman, David Sen, Jason Coarse, Stephen Hanauer

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Background: Patients with Crohn's disease in whom tumor necrosis factor antagonist therapy fails have limited treatment options, and the benefit of reintroducing the same therapy remains unclear. Here, we report results from PRECiSE 4 (NCT00160706), an open-label extension study of certolizumab pegol in patients who withdrew from the placebo-controlled studies PRECiSE 1 or 2. Methods: Patients eligible for PRECiSE 4 had Crohn's disease exacerbation on placebo or primary or secondary failure to certolizumab pegol in PRECiSE 1 or 2, and received 400 mg certolizumab pegol subcutaneously at weeks 0, 2, and 4 and every 4 weeks thereafter up to 360 weeks. We assessed safety (adverse events) and efficacy (clinical remission) of extended certolizumab pegol therapy. Results: Patients enrolled in PRECiSE 4 (N 310; mean age, 37 yr; 58% female; 95% white) had a mean Crohn's disease duration of 8.5 years before entering the qualifying studies. At weeks 52, 104, and 156, remission rates were 28.5%, 17.5%, and 12.6% by nonremitter imputation, and 63.8%, 60.0%, and 63.5% by observed cases, with 47.4%, 31.9%, and 23.2% of patients, respectively, remaining on therapy. By study end (7.5 yr), 92.3% of patients discontinued therapy, 49% on account of adverse events. No new safety signals emerged. Incidence rate (new cases)/100 patient-years was 6.11 for serious infections and 1.29 for malignancies. Conclusions: Certolizumab pegol was effective in many patients who previously discontinued certolizumab pegol for lack or loss of response. Thus, discontinuation of therapy may not always be necessary. Safety was consistent with previous findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1870-1880
Number of pages11
JournalInflammatory bowel diseases
Issue number8
StatePublished - May 31 2016


  • Crohn's disease
  • certolizumab pegol
  • efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Gastroenterology


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