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April 7, 2021

Comparing the Effectiveness and Safety Associated With Infliximab vs Infliximab-abda Therapy for Patients With Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill
  • 2University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health, Chapel Hill
  • 3Department of Dermatology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
JAMA Dermatol. 2021;157(6):708-711. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2021.0220
Key Points

Question  Are infliximab-abda and infliximab therapies associated with similar clinical responses in the treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa?

Findings  In this cohort study that included 34 adults, the proportions of patients in the infliximab-abda (71%) and infliximab (60%) treatment groups achieving a Hidradenitis Suppurativa Clinical Response were not significantly different.

Meaning  Infliximab-abda is a potential alternative to infliximab for treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa.


Importance  Although limited effective and affordable treatment options exist for hidradenitis suppurativa, recent studies describe the effectiveness of a medical therapy, infliximab, for the treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa. Cost-saving biosimilar alternatives have recently become available, but no data currently exist on their safety and effectiveness.

Objective  To evaluate the effectiveness of infliximab-abda vs infliximab administration associated with the treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa.

Design, Setting, and Participants  This retrospective cohort study identified patients treated with infliximab or infliximab-abda between 2016 and 2020 at the dermatology clinic at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The study population included patients who met the clinical criteria for hidradenitis suppurativa and had received a continuous dose of infliximab or infliximab-abda for at least 10 weeks. In total, 62 potential participants were identified using clinical tracking lists on the electronic medical records, and 34 participants were included in the final analysis.

Exposures  Patients who started receiving infliximab or infliximab-abda were clinically tracked for a minimum of 10 weeks using the electronic medical record system, beginning at the time of drug initiation. Patients received loading doses of 10 mg/kg at weeks 0, 2, and 6, and then treatment was continued with a maintenance dose administered every 4 to 8 weeks.

Main Outcomes and Measures  The primary outcome measure was Hidradenitis Suppurativa Clinical Response, defined as at least 50% decrease in inflammatory nodule count without any increase in number of abscesses or draining sinuses.

Results  Of 34 participants, 20 comprised the infliximab treatment group (mean [SD] age, 42.2 [13.2] years; 17 women [85%]), and 14 comprised the infliximab-abda treatment group (mean [SD] age, 35.5 [10.9] years; 13 women [93%]). The proportions of patients achieving a Hidradenitis Suppurativa Clinical Response were 71% (10 patients) in the infliximab-abda and 60% (12 patients) in the infliximab treatment group, which were not significantly different (P = .47).

Conclusions and Relevance  This cohort study found that both infliximab administration and infliximab-abda administration were associated with similar and significant improvement in disease as measured by the Hidradenitis Suppurativa Clinical Response. Infliximab-abda is likely a reasonable treatment option for hidradenitis suppurativa, and further research is warranted.

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