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One year results for Cosentyx (secukinumab) for Psoriatic Arthritis published in The Lancet- Novartis

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Last updated:29th Jun 2015
Published:29th Jun 2015
Source: Pharmawand

Novartis announced that new one year results from the pivotal Phase III FUTURE 2 study of secukinumab in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) were published in The Lancet following fast-track review. Secukinumab is the first interleukin-17A (IL-17A) inhibitor to demonstrate efficacy in a Phase III study in adult patients with active PsA. PsA is a long-term, debilitating, inflammatory disease associated with joint pain and stiffness, skin and nail psoriasis, swollen toes and fingers, persistent painful tendonitis and irreversible joint damage. The new study results published in The Lancet show improvements observed with subcutaneous secukinumab 300 mg and 150 mg were sustained over one year of treatment in the majority of patients (64% for both doses), as measured by the American College of Rheumatology response criteria (ACR 20). Moreover, ACR 50 response rates were also sustained to one year in secukinumab 300 mg and 150 mg (44% and 39% respectively). Secukinumab met the primary endpoint of the study, which was ACR 20 at Week 24 with response rates significantly higher in the secukinumab 300 mg (54%; p<0.0001) and 150 mg (51%; p<0.0001) groups versus placebo (15%), with clinical improvements observed as early as Week 3. ACR 20 and 50 are standard tools used to assess improvement of PsA signs and symptoms, and represent a 20% and 50% improvement from baseline, respectively.

Secukinumab 300 mg and 150 mg also significantly improved a key secondary endpoint which was improvement in psoriasis symptoms, as measured by 90% improvements in Psoriasis Area and Severity Index score (PASI 90). Achieving PASI 90 means that patients can attain clear to almost clear skin. Although the secukinumab benefits seen in FUTURE 2 were generally higher in patients without previous treatment with standard of care anti-TNF therapy, clinical benefits were observed in both anti-TNF-naïve patients and those with an inadequate response to anti-TNFs. This is important as many patients do not respond to, or tolerate these therapies and approximately 40% of people are dissatisfied with current treatments.

Comment: In January 2015, secukinumab (at a dose of 300 mg) became the first and only IL-17A inhibitor approved in Europe as a first-line systemic treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis in adult patients, and in the US as a treatment for moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis in adult patients who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy (light therapy).

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