Trends of Utilization of Tumor Necrosis Factor Antagonists in Children With Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Canadian Population-Based Study.
Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2019 Jul 19;:
Authors: El-Matary W, Leung S, Tennakoon A, Benchimol EI, Bernstein CN, Targownik LE
BACKGROUND: Population-based studies examining the prevalence of anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) antagonist utilization in children and young adults with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are lacking. We aimed to describe the trend of anti-TNF utilization in pediatric IBD over time.
METHODS: Survival analyses were performed for all patients diagnosed with IBD before age 18 years in the province of Manitoba to determine the time from diagnosis to first anti-TNF prescription in different time eras (2005-2008, 2008-2012, 2012-2016).
RESULTS: There were 291 persons diagnosed with IBD (157 with Crohn’s disease [CD] and 134 with ulcerative colitis [UC]) over the study period. The likelihood of being initiated on an anti-TNF by 1, 2, and 5 years postdiagnosis was 18.4%, 30.5%, and 42.6%, respectively. The proportion of persons aged <18 years utilizing anti-TNFs rose over time; in 2010, 13.0% of CD and 4.9% of UC; by 2016, 60.0% of CD and 25.5% of UC. For those diagnosed after 2012, 42.5% of CD and 28.4% of UC patients had been prescribed an anti-TNF antagonist within 12 months of IBD diagnosis. Initiating an anti-TNF without prior exposure to an immunosuppressive agent increased over time (before 2008: 0%; 2008-2012: 18.2%; 2012-2016: 42.8%; P < 0.001). There was a significant reduction in median cumulative dose of corticosteroids (CS) in the year before anti-TNF initiation (2005-2008: 4360 mg; 2008-2012: 2010 mg; 2012-2016: 1395 mg prednisone equivalents; P < 0.001).
CONCLUSIONS: Over a period of 11 years, anti-TNFs are being used earlier in the course of pediatric IBD, with a parallel reduction in the cumulative CS dose.
PMID: 31323083 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]