Secukinumab: A Review in Ankylosing Spondylitis

Hannah A Blair, Sohita Dhillon
Drugs 2016, 76 (10): 1023-30
Secukinumab (Cosentyx(®)) is a fully human monoclonal antibody against the proinflammatory cytokine interleukin-17A. It is the first drug in its class to be approved for use in patients with active ankylosing spondylitis (AS). This article reviews the efficacy and tolerability of secukinumab in this indication and briefly summarizes its pharmacology. In ongoing phase III trials, 16 weeks' treatment with subcutaneous secukinumab 150 mg was effective in terms of improving the clinical signs and symptoms of disease and health-related quality of life in patients with AS, with these improvements maintained during longer-term (up to 2 years) treatment. In subgroup analyses, secukinumab was effective both in tumour necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor-naïve patients and in patients intolerant of or refractory to TNF inhibitors. Secukinumab was generally well tolerated, with a tolerability profile consistent with that seen previously in patients with plaque psoriasis. In the absence of head-to-head trials, the position of secukinumab with respect to TNF inhibitors remains to be fully determined. Nevertheless, secukinumab is an effective and generally well tolerated treatment option for patients with AS.


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