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The OPTIMIZE Trial

Preliminary data show that proactive IFX optimization to achieve a threshold drug concentration during maintenance therapy (even if the patient is asymptomatic) compared to empiric dose escalation and/or reactive TDM is associated with better long-term outcomes including longer drug persistence, reduced risk of relapse, and fewer hospitalizations and surgeries. IFX dosing by weight only (i.e., mg/kg) may not be adequate for many patients as interindividual variability in drug clearance and other factors affecting IFX concentrations and PK are often not accounted for. Dosing calculators take into account all of these individual factors and improve the precision of dosing towards better personalized medicine. These systems have already been validated, and personalized dosing has shown clinical benefit in patients with IBD.