Technology Appraisal Guidance No. 163
Source: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
This guidance relates only to the use of infliximab within its marketing authorisation, for the treatment of acute exacerbations of severely active ulcerative colitis. It relates to an induction course of three doses of infliximab.
1.1 Infliximab is recommended as an option for the treatment of acute exacerbations of severely active ulcerative colitis only in patients in whom ciclosporin is contraindicated or clinically inappropriate, based on a careful assessment of the risks and benefits of treatment in the individual patient.
1.2 In people who do not meet the criterion in 1.1, infliximab should only be used for the treatment of acute exacerbations of severely active ulcerative colitis in clinical trials.
The guidance shown above constitutes Section 1 of the full document. A copy of the full document and a summary of the evidence is available on the Internet at .
An abridged version of this guidance (a 'quick reference guide') is also available. Printed copies of the quick reference guide can be obtained by ing 0845 003 7783 or emailingand quoting reference number N1753. It is also available on the Internet at .
This guidance represents the view of the Institute which was arrived at after careful consideration of the available evidence. Health professionals are expected to fully take it into account when exercising their clinical judgement. This guidance does not, however, override the individual responsibility of health professionals to make appropriate decisions in the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or guardian or carer.
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Infliximab for Acute Exacerbations of Ulcerative Colitis.
Issue Date: December 2008
Review Date: December 2011