Comparing effectiveness of a generic oral nutritional supplement with specialized formula in the treatment of active pediatric Crohn’s disease

Dawson, R. et al. (2022) Comparing effectiveness of a generic oral nutritional supplement with specialized formula in the treatment of active pediatric Crohn’s disease. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, (doi: 10.1093/ibd/izac039) (PMID:35259266) (Early Online Publication)

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Background: Exclusive enteral nutrition (EEN) is the recommended induction treatment of mild to moderate active pediatric Crohn’s disease (CD). This study compared outcomes of 2 proprietary polymeric formulas. Treatment effectiveness was examined along with practical aspects of formula delivery and differences in estimated treatment costs. Methods: Data were retrospectively collected from patients with CD who received a generic oral nutritional supplement (Fortisip) across 2 centers (RCH, Melbourne and RHSC, Edinburgh). This was compared with a prospective cohort (RHC, Glasgow) that used a specialized formula (Modulen IBD). The data collected included patient demographics, remission rates, biochemical markers, administration method, and anthropometrics. The estimated treatment cost was performed by comparing price per kcal between each formula. Results: One hundred seventy-one patients were included (106 Fortisip, 65 Modulen IBD, 70 female; median age 13.3 yrs). No difference was demonstrated in remission rate (Fortisip n = 67 of 106 [63%] vs Modulen IBD n = 41 of 64 [64%], P = .89), nonadherence rate (Fortisip n = 7 of 106 [7%] vs Modulen IBD 3 of 64 [5%], P = .57) or method of administration (NGT Fortisip use n = 16 of 106 [12%] vs Modulen IBD 14 of 65 [22%]; P = .31). There was no difference in reduction of biochemical disease markers between the groups (C-reactive protein , P = .13; erythrocyte sedimentation rate, P = .49; fecal calprotectin, P = .94). However, there was a cost-saving of around £500/patient/course if the generic oral nutritional supplement was used. Conclusions: The generic oral nutritional supplement and specialized formulas both had similar clinical effectiveness in induction of remission in pediatric CD. However, there is considerable cost-saving when using a generic oral nutritional supplement.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Russell, Dr Richard and Gerasimidis, Professor Konstantinos
Authors: Dawson, R., Wands, D.I.F., Logan, M., Bremner, G., Efklides, S., Benn, L., Henderson, P., Grant, H., Meredith, J., Armstrong, K., Wilson, D.C., Gerasimidis, K., Alex, G., and Russell, R.K.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Journal Name:Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN (Online):1536-4844
Published Online:08 March 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Authors
First Published:First published in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases 2022
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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