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Ustekinumab for the treatment of psoriasis: an evidence update

Zenas Zn Yiu, Richard B Warren
Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery 2018, 37 (3): 143-147
Ustekinumab is an interleukin-12/23 inhibitor used for the treatment of moderate-to-severe psoriasis. Here, we review new evidence since ustekinumab was licensed for relative efficacy in comparison with other biologic therapies from head-to-head randomized controlled trials and network meta-analyses for the treatment of psoriasis. We also review observational data emerging from psoriasis registries reporting the effectiveness and safety of ustekinumab. Overall, new evidence suggests that ustekinumab has a favorable balance between efficacy/effectiveness, safety, and tolerability and should remain a first-line biologic therapy option for patients with severe psoriasis at present.


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