Effectiveness and safety of secukinumab in 69 patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis: A retrospective multicenter study

J F Schwensen, A Clemmensen, C Sand, R Gniadecki, L Skov, C Zachariae, L Iversen, M Rasmussen, S F Thomsen
Dermatologic Therapy 2017, 30 (6)
Secukinumab (anti-IL17A) is effective as treatment for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, but real-life data on effectiveness and safety lack. We aimed to present real-life data of all Danish patients treated with secukinumab (n = 69). At baseline, before initiation of treatment with secukinumab 300 mg (47.8%) or off-label treatment with secukinumab 150 mg (52.2%), the median PASI score was 7.1. A total of 66.7% (34/51) and 52.9% (27/51) of patients still on secukinumab at week 12 achieved a PASI (Psoriasis Area and Severity Index)-50 and PASI-75 of 66.7% and 52.9%, respectively. A total of 83.0% (44/53) and 60.4% (32/53) of the patients had a PASI-score < 5 and PASI-score < 2, respectively, after 12 weeks on treatment with secukinumab. A third of the patients had secukinumab discontinued due to limited clinical improvement or adverse events (n = 23) within a median of 92 days (interquartile range 51-212 days). Notably, the majority of the patients may represent a particularly difficult-to-treat group of patients, as 92.8% had been refractory to other biologic treatment. A total of 26.1% (n = 18) experienced adverse events. Secukinumab appears to be an effective treatment option with a favorable side effect profile in patients with plaque psoriasis who are refractory to or have side effects of traditional biologic drugs.

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