P546 Comparative efficacy and safety of upadacitinib versus ustekinumab as induction therapy in patients with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis: A matching-adjusted indirect comparison

Reinisch, W.(1)*;Panaccione, R.(2);Duijvestein, M.(3);Ceballos Santos, D.(4);Melmed, G.Y.(5);Xuan, S.(6);Wegrzyn, L.(6);Levy, G.(6);Ilo, D.(6);Sanchez Gonzalez, Y.(6);

(1)Medical University of Vienna, Department of Internal Medicine III, Wien, Austria;(2)University of Calgary, Department of Medicine- Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Calgary, Canada;(3)Radboud University Medical Center, Department of Gastroenterology, Nijmegen, Netherlands Antilles;(4)Hospital Universitario Doctor Negrin, Department of Gastroenterology, Las Palmas, Spain;(5)Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, n/a, Los Angeles, United States;(6)AbbVie Inc., n/a, Chicago, United States;


Upadacitinib (UPA), an oral Janus kinase inhibitor, and ustekinumab (UST), a parenteral IL-12/23 inhibitor, are approved therapies for patients (pts) with moderately to severely active Ulcerative Colitis (UC). In the absence of head-to-head data, we conducted a placebo (PBO)-anchored matching-adjusted indirect comparison (MAIC) to compare efficacy and safety of UPA vs UST during induction.


Pts received UPA 45 mg oral, once daily for 8 weeks or PBO in the phase 3 studies U-ACHIEVE (NCT02819635) and U-ACCOMPLISH (NCT03653026), and UST 6 mg/kg IV at week 0 with 8-week follow up or PBO in the phase 3 study UNIFI (NCT02407236). Efficacy outcomes were stratified by previous biologic exposure (ie, no prior exposure [bio-naïve] or inadequate response, loss of response, or intolerance to biologics [bio-failed]). Baseline characteristics for age, gender, extent and duration of disease, total Inflammatory Bowel Disease Questionnaire score, total Mayo score, high-sensitivity CRP, faecal calprotectin levels, weight, and UC medication use from the UPA trials were weighted to match the UNIFI trial. Efficacy outcomes at Week 8 were clinical remission per full Mayo score (FMS; FMS ≤2 with no subscore >1), clinical response (decrease in FMS ≥3 points and ≥30%, plus a decrease in rectal bleeding score [RBS] of ≥1 or an absolute RBS of 0 or 1), endoscopic improvement (endoscopic subscore 0 or 1), and histologic-endoscopic mucosal improvement (HEMI). Safety outcomes evaluated in the overall population were adverse events (AEs) and serious AEs (SAEs), comprising the only safety assessments consistently collected across trials. Numbers needed to treat/harm (NNT/NNH) were calculated as the inverse of the difference in proportions achieving efficacy/safety outcomes between UPA and UST.


The MAIC included 824 UPA and 625 UST pts with efficacy data and 839 UPA and 639 UST pts with safety data. A greater proportion of pts receiving UPA vs UST in bio-naïve and bio-failed groups achieved clinical remission, endoscopic improvement, and HEMI after weighting (p≤0.01, Table 1) with NNTs <10. In bio-naïve pts, differences in the proportion of pts with clinical remission, clinical response, endoscopic improvement, and HEMI for UPA vs UST were 0.172, 0.146, 0.312, and 0.255, respectively, and 0.105, 0.235, 0.135, and 0.118 for bio-failed pts. AEs and SAEs were not statistically different between UPA and UST.


During induction, greater efficacy with similar safety was observed with UPA vs UST for pts with moderately to severely active UC based on MAIC. Potential bias due to unobserved confounders may exist with MAIC methodology. Further analyses to assess longer-term outcomes are warranted.