VEDO is effective for long-term maintenance in UC

Nov 7, 2017 - E-Mentoring in IBD | Volume 10 • 2017

Issue 21

Clinical Question

What is the efficacy and safety profile for long-term use of vedolizumab (VEDO) for ulcerative colitis (UC)?

Editor’s Bottom Line

Long-term treatment with VEDO maintains remission and response in UC and is well tolerated. Restarting VEDO after a gap in treatment, and increasing its dose in those already on treatment, can improve rates of response and remission.


Loftus EV Jr, Colombel JF, Feagan BG, et al. Long-term efficacy of vedolizumab for ulcerative colitis. J Crohns Colitis. 2017 Apr 1;11(4):400–11.


The GEMINI long-term safety (GEMINI LTS) study enrolled patients who completed one of two placebo-controlled induction trials in addition to patients who had received VEDO induction in an open-label cohort. Regardless of their treatment in the lead-in protocol, all participants in GEMINI LTS received open-label VEDO every 4 weeks. The study cohort will be followed for up to 152 weeks. This interim analysis focused on treatment efficacy (partial Mayo score ≤2, pMayo), safety, health-related quality of life (HRQoL) measured with IBDQ, EQ-5D, and SF-36.

The efficacy analysis was restricted to 657 patients who had responded to VEDO induction therapy in GEMINI 1 or the open-label cohort. Patients previously exposed to anti-TNFs comprised 43% of the cohort; those who previously failed anti-TNFs and immunosuppressants comprised 32% of the cohort. After 100 weeks in GEMINI LTS, 90% (141/156) of patients maintained a pMayo ≤2. This proportion was 88% (42/48) among those with prior anti-TNF failure and 92% (97/106) among those who were anti-TNF naïve. No new safety events were noted. HRQoL improvements were durable with long-term VEDO therapy. Reintroduction of VEDO every 4 weeks among subjects to had responded to VEDO induction and then received placebo maintenance was well tolerated. In this subgroup, restarting VEDO increased rates of response from 69% to 84%, and increased rates of remission from 56% to 73%. Among subjects who withdrew from GEMINI 1 on VEDO every 8 weeks, clinical response and remission on VEDO every 4 weeks in GEMINI LTS increased to 41% and 28%, representing gains of 19% and 6%, respectively.


Study Design: Longitudinal cohort study-interim analysis
Funding: Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. [d/b/a Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Co.]
Allocation: n/a
Setting: >290 centres world-wide
Level of Evidence: 2b (Oxford Levels of Evidence)

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