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Patient considerations in the management of ulcerative colitis: role of once-daily MMX mesalamine

Authors Zandman D, Peppercorn M

Published 26 March 2009 Volume 2009:3 Pages 87—92


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Daniel B Zandman, Mark A Peppercorn

Harvard Medical School, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA

Abstract: Mesalamine and its derivatives are effective and well-tolerated therapies for ulcerative colitis. However, patient adherence to traditional mesalamine-based therapy is poor, and is often limited by heavy pill burdens and frequent dosing intervals. This can lead to ineffective disease control, impaired quality of life, and preventable morbidity and mortality. Previous studies have suggested that a once-daily mesalamine regimen would be strongly adhered to in the outpatient setting, but at that time no such formulation of mesalamine existed. In 2007, clinical trial data showed a novel, once-daily, multi-matrix (MMX) formulation of mesalamine to be effective in both remission induction and remission maintenance. This breakthrough in drug delivery allowed the unification of an effective therapeutic with a formulation that enables outpatients to be increasingly adherent to their medication. In theory, this might result in improved outpatient disease control and a decreased number of flares. As the use of MMX mesalamine increases, studies examining the outpatient community adherence rate need to be performed.

Keywords: mesalamine, MMX, Lialda™, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, adherence

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