P501 Vedolizumab is associated with longer drug sustainability compared to infliximab in moderate-to-severe Ulcerative Colitis: a real-world cohort study

Konikoff, T.(1);Yanai, H.(1);Banai, H.(1);Avni-Biron, I.(1);Snir, Y.(1);Broitman, L.(1);Barkan, R.(1);Checholin, L.(1);Dotan, I.(1);Ollech, J.(2);

(1)Rabin Medical Center- Petah-Tikva- Israel- Sackler Faculty of Medicine- Tel Aviv University- Tel Aviv- Israel, Gastroenterology, petah tikva, Israel;(2)Rabin Medical Center- Petah-Tikva- Israel- Sackler Faculty of Medicine- Tel Aviv University- Tel Aviv- Israel, Gastroenterology, Petach Tikva, Israel;


Data regarding sustainability of biologics in ulcerative colitis (UC) are limited.  We aimed to assess sustainability of intravenous biologics used to treat UC, infliximab (IFX) and vedolizumab (VDZ), in biologic-naïve and biologic-experienced patients, specifically focusing on their sustainability over time.


This retrospective cohort study was conducted at the Rabin Medical Center (RMC), a tertiary referral center for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases. We included patients ≥ 18 years, treated at the RMC IV infusion center between Dec 1st 2017 and May 1st 2021. An extensive medical chart review was performed. Patients’ data were collected from the first to last documentation of treatment or end of follow-up. Drug sustainability was defined as long as cortico-steroid-free, surgical-free treatment was documented. Data collected, included sex, age at UC diagnosis, age at biologic treatment commencement and the interval UC-diagnosis-first biologic, disease extent (proctitis, left-sided or extensive colitis), previous treatment with biologics, and clinical laboratory data. Concomitant therapy was documented as well, specifically immunomodulatory drugs.


Results were adjusted to factors associated with disease severity (based on factors including hemoglobin, hematocrit, neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio, albumin, C-reactive protein, and total protein), combination therapy and age.  

A total of 217 patients with UC treated with IFX or VDZ were included. Of those, 186 were treatment-(biologic)-naïve. First biologic was IFX in 77 (41.3%) patients and VDZ-in 109 (58.6%). Follow-up continued for up to 300 weeks. Median survival time was 106.5 (82.9-135) weeks for IFX and 265.6 weeks (121.3-273.1) for VDZ (p=0.002, KM survival curve shown in Figure 1).

Median survival time was longer for vedolizumab even when adjusting for factors associated with disease severity, combination therapy and age (HR 0.55 95 CI 0.3-0.98, p=0.042). In treatment-experienced patients, IFX and VDZ sustainability was comparable (p=0.593).


In this -real world, tertiary referral center study, VDZ had significantly longer drug sustainability in treatment-naïve patients with UC compared to IFX. This held true when adjusted for disease severity. Drug sustainability in treatment-experienced patients with UC was comparable. The data support VDZ as the first-line biologic in moderate-to-severe UC.