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In UC patients, tofacitinib tied to modest, reversible lipid increases, infrequent cardiovascular events

Key clinical point: Serum lipid increases seen after 8-61 weeks of tofacitinib treatment for ulcerative colitis are modest, reversible, and correlated with reduced systemic inflammation, while major adverse cardiac events were infrequent.

Major finding: A total of 4 major adverse cardiac events were seen among the 1,157 patients in the analysis, for an incidence rate of 0.24 (95% confidence interval, 0.07-0.62).

Study details: An observational study including 1,157 patients with ulcerative colitis who participated in tofacitinib induction studies, a maintenance study, and a long-term extension study.

Disclosures: Funding for the study came from Pfizer. The study authors disclosed potential conflicts of interest related to Pfizer, AbbVie, Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene, Janssen, MedImmune (AstraZeneca), Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Prometheus Laboratories, Takeda, and 4D Pharma, among others.


Sands BE et al. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2019 May 8. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2019.04.059.