Journal of Neurology

, Volume 266, Issue 5, pp 1073–1078 | Cite as

Infliximab biosimilar for treating neurosarcoidosis: tolerance and efficacy in a retrospective study including switch from the originator and initiation of treatment

  • Quentin Riller
  • Camille Cotteret
  • Helga Junot
  • Neila Benameur
  • Julien Haroche
  • Alexis Mathian
  • Miguel Hie
  • Makoto Miyara
  • Patrick Tilleul
  • Zahir Amoura
  • Fleur Cohen AubartEmail author
Original Communication



Infliximab is increasingly used to treat neurosarcoidosis. We aimed to determine the efficacy and tolerance of an infliximab biosimilar for treating neurosarcoidosis.


We conducted a retrospective single-center study to describe the efficacy, safety and immunogenicity of an infliximab biosimilar in neurosarcoidosis patients. We compared the survival time without relapse while receiving the biosimilar or previous originator-infliximab treatment.


Twenty patients with histologically documented neurosarcoidosis were treated with an infliximab biosimilar (initiation of treatment in 12 and switch from the originator drug in 8) between February 2016 and August 2018. All patients presenting with neurological involvement of one or more areas, including meningeal (n = 15), cerebral (n = 10), spinal cord (n = 9), and/or cranial nerves (n = 5); epilepsy (n = 3); and/or intracranial hypertension (n = 3) were enrolled. Eighteen patients received glucocorticoids during infliximab treatment, and 16 had methotrexate or azathioprine concomitant treatment. The median duration of follow-up was 25 months (19–28). Six patients relapsed during biosimilar treatment. Relapse rates and time-to-relapse did not differ between the infliximab originator previously received and biosimilar treatment groups (p = 0.40 and 0.51, respectively). Nine patients experienced 11 adverse events with the infliximab biosimilar, including infections (n = 5), urticaria (n = 4), headache (n = 1), and diarrhea (n = 1). All side effects were grade 2 or less using the WHO classification.


In this retrospective study, the infliximab biosimilar was efficacious and safe for treating neurosarcoidosis.


Neurosarcoidosis Infliximab Biosimilars 


Author contributions

HJ, NB, PT, ZA, and FC-A designed the study. QR, CF, NB, AM, MH, JH, MM, and FC-A collected the data. QR and FCA conducted the statistical analysis. QR, PT, ZA, and FC-A analyzed and interpreted the data. MM centralized the dosages of anti-infliximab antibodies. QR, JH, ZA, and FC-A wrote the manuscript. All authors critically reviewed and approved the final version of the manuscript.


This work did not receive any financial support.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflicts of interest

The authors declare they have no conflicts of interest to report.

Ethical approval

The study was conducted according to the Declaration of Helsinki. Accorded to the French law (Loi Jardé 2012), a study that do not change the care of patients does not need to be submitted to a loca IRB.

Informed consent

All the patients have been informed and signed written consent to participate.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Quentin Riller
    • 1
  • Camille Cotteret
    • 2
  • Helga Junot
    • 2
  • Neila Benameur
    • 2
  • Julien Haroche
    • 1
  • Alexis Mathian
    • 1
  • Miguel Hie
    • 1
  • Makoto Miyara
    • 3
  • Patrick Tilleul
    • 2
  • Zahir Amoura
    • 1
  • Fleur Cohen Aubart
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Sorbonne Université, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, Service de Médecine Interne 2, Centre National de Référence Maladies Systémiques Rares, Hôpital Pitié-SalpêtrièreParis Cedex 13France
  2. 2.Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, Département de PharmacieHôpital Pitié-SalpêtrièreParisFrance
  3. 3.Sorbonne Université, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, Département d’immunochimie, Hôpital Pitié-SalpêtrièreParisFrance

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