GO-BEYOND: a real-world study of persistence of golimumab in patients with axial spondyloarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in Turkey

AKAR S., KALYONCU U., DALKILIÇ H. E. , EMMUNGİL H., Aziz A., Esen Y., ...More

IMMUNOTHERAPY, vol.13, pp.841-850, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.2217/imt-2020-0296
  • Journal Name: IMMUNOTHERAPY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, BIOSIS, Chemical Abstracts Core, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.841-850
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


Aim: To evaluate the retention rate of golimumab (GLM) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and axial spondyloarthritis (ax-SpA). Materials & methods: Patients had received/were receiving GLM as their first or second biological drug for at least 3 months. We recorded demographic and clinical data, data on drug continuation and disease activity. Patients were classified as biologic-naive and biologic-experienced. Results: The study included 60 RA and 269 ax-SpA patients. At month 24, the retention rates were 67.2 and 57.1% (biologic-naive and biologic-experienced RA) and 74.8 and 80.4% (anti-TNF-naive and -experienced ax-SpA). No significant differences in retention were observed between the biologic-naive and -experienced groups for either disease. Conclusion: The results of this study confirm the effectiveness of GLM in the treatment of RA and axSpA with good retention rates at 2 years in a real-world setting in Turkey.