The emergence of biologic therapies has revolutionized the management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) by halting disease progression, increasing remission rates and improving long-term clinical outcomes. Despite these well-described benefits, many patients are reluctant to commence therapy due to drug safety concerns. Adverse events can be detected at each stage of drug development and during the post-marketing period. In this article, we review how to best assess the safety parameters of new IBD medications, from the earliest stage of development to population-based registries, with a focus on the special populations often excluded from the evaluation process.
Keywords: Drug development, safety, adverse effect, side effect, biologics, inflammatory bowel disease, clinical trials
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