P319 Characteristics of filgotinib-treated patients with Ulcerative Colitis who achieve sustained corticosteroid-free remission: Post hoc analysis of the phase 2b/3 SELECTION study

Kobayashi, T.(1)*;Dignass, A.(2);Roblin, X.(3);Fujitani, Y.(4);Oortwijn, A.(5);Jamoul, C.(6);Hibi, T.(1);

(1)Kitasato University Kitasato Institute Hospital, Center for Advanced IBD Research and Treatment, Tokyo, Japan;(2)Goethe University, Department of Medicine I- Agaplesion Markus Hospital, Frankfurt am Main, Germany;(3)University Hospital of Saint-Étienne, IBD Unit, Saint-Étienne, France;(4)Gilead Sciences, K.k., Tokyo, Japan;(5)Galapagos, Nv, Leiden, The Netherlands;(6)Galapagos, Nv, Mechelen, Belgium;


Filgotinib (FIL) is a once-daily, oral, Janus kinase 1 preferential inhibitor approved for the treatment of ulcerative colitis (UC) in Europe and Japan. The efficacy and safety of FIL in patients with moderately to severely active UC was evaluated in the phase 2b/3 randomized, double-blind, placebo (PBO)-controlled SELECTION study (NCT02914522).1 This post hoc analysis aimed to identify characteristics of FIL-treated patients that were associated with achieving corticosteroid (CS)-free remission.


Adults aged 18–75 years were randomized 2:2:1 to induction FIL 100 mg, FIL 200 mg or PBO once daily for 11 weeks in induction study A (biologic-naive) and B (biologic-experienced). At week 10, patients in clinical remission or with a Mayo Clinic Score (MCS) response were re-randomized 2:1 to continue their FIL regimen or PBO for 47 weeks in the maintenance study. This analysis included only data from patients receiving CSs at baseline. Using univariate logistic regression, we analysed characteristics associated with achieving clinical remission at week 58 without using CSs for UC over a continuous period of ≥6 months (CS-free remission). P values <0.05 were considered statistically significant.


At baseline, 81, 37, 92 and 47 patients were receiving CSs in the maintenance FIL 100 mg (n=172), PBO-to-match (PTM) FIL 100 mg (n=89), FIL 200 mg (n=199) and PTM FIL 200 mg (n=98) groups, respectively. The rates of CS-free remission in the FIL 100 mg, PTM FIL 100 mg, FIL 200 mg and PTM FIL 200 mg groups were 13.6%, 5.4%, 27.2% and 6.4%, respectively. Age, body mass index, history of pancolitis, duration of UC, faecal calprotectin and C-reactive protein levels, MCS and concomitant use of systemic CSs, immunomodulators and aminosalicylates had no significant effect on CS-free remission in the FIL 200 mg group. Mean baseline Robarts Histopathology Index (RHI) (odds ratio [OR]=0.949, p=0.023) was significantly associated with 6-month CS-free remission in the FIL 200 mg group. A baseline Mayo endoscopic subscore (MES) of 2 (vs 3) was associated with significantly increased odds of 6-month CS-free remission in the FIL 200 mg and FIL 100 mg groups (Table). Being male, a former (vs current) smoker or biologic-experienced was associated with significantly reduced odds of 6-month CS-free remission in the FIL 200 mg group.

Table. Association between 6-month CS-free clinical remission (dependent variable) and baseline characteristicsa by treatment groups.


Most baseline characteristics analysed had no statistically significant effect on 6-month CS-free remission under FIL 200 mg treatment. Low baseline MES and RHI, female sex, being a current (vs former) smoker and biologic-naive may predict higher likelihood of sustained CS-free remission in patients receiving FIL 200 mg.