Intest Res  
Comparison of efficacy of multimatrix mesalazine 4.8 g/day once-daily with other high-dose mesalazine in active ulcerative colitis: a randomized, double-blind study
Haruhiko Ogata1, Nobuo Aoyama2, Seiichi Mizushima3, Atsushi Hagino3, Toshifumi Hibi4
1Center for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy, Keio University Hospital, Tokyo, 2Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, Aoyama Medical Clinic, Hyogo, 3Clinical Development Department, Mochida Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Tokyo, 4Center for Advanced IBD Research and Treatment, Kitasato Institute Hospital, Kitasato University, Tokyo, Japan
Correspondence to: Haruhiko Ogata, Center for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy, Keio University Hospital, 35 Shinanomachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan. Tel: +81-3-3353-1211, Fax: +81-3-3353-3536, E-mail:
Received: October 10, 2016; Revised: December 13, 2016; Accepted: December 20, 2016; Published online: April 26, 2017.
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Background/Aims: This study assessed the efficacy and safety of high-dose multimatrix mesalazine once-daily (QD) compared to another form of high-dose mesalazine. Methods: In this multicenter, randomized, double-blind study, 280 patients with mildly to moderately active ulcerative colitis (UC) received multimatrix mesalazine 4.8 g/day QD or pH-dependent-release mesalazine 3.6 g/day three times daily for 8 weeks. The primary endpoint was the change in the UC-Disease Activity Index (UC-DAI) at the end of the treatment period. Results: The change in the UC-DAI (mean±standard deviation) in the perprotocol set was −2.6±2.47 in the multimatrix mesalazine 4.8 g/day group (n=134) and −1.8±2.64 in the pH-dependent-release mesalazine 3.6 g/day group (n=129). The difference in the mean change between the two groups was −0.7 (two-sided 95% confidence interval, −1.3 to −0.1). The noninferiority of multimatrix mesalazine 4.8 g/day to pH-dependent-release mesalazine 3.6 g/day was verified within the noninferiority margin (1.1). The superiority of multimatrix mesalazine 4.8 g/day to pH-dependent- release mesalazine 3.6 g/day was also investigated and confirmed in the full analysis set, according to the study protocol. In subgroup analyses, the effectiveness of multimatrix mesalazine 4.8 g/day was consistent in all subgroups. There was no difference in safety between the two treatment groups. Conclusions: Multimatrix mesalazine 4.8 g/day has higher efficacy and shows no difference in safety in mildly to moderately active UC, in comparison with pH-dependent-release mesalazine 3.6 g/ day.
Keywords: Ulcerative colitis; Mesalazine; High-dose

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