Novartis Cosentyx® shows superior improvements in psoriasis patients' quality of life versus Janssen's IL-23 Stelara®*
- New CLARITY data show over two-thirds of Cosentyx (secukinumab) treated patients with moderate to severe psoriasis reported no impact of skin disease on their quality of life (QoL) up to Week 16 compared to Stelara®* (68.4% versus 55.9%, respectively)
- Results from CLARITY study presented in 2018 showed Cosentyx was significantly more effective than Stelara®* in delivering clear and almost clear skin at 12 and 16 weeks. CLARITY study met all primary and secondary endpoints
- In addition, new PROSE study data presented as a late-breaker supporting benefit of Cosentyx to improve patient QoL
- Results strengthen unique position of Cosentyx reimagining care as a rapid and long-lasting complete treatment of psoriatic disease, with 200,000+ patients
Basel, March 5, 2019 - Novartis, a global leader in immuno-dermatology and rheumatology, announced today additional results from the head-to-head CLARITY study demonstrating the superiority of Cosentyx® (secukinumab) compared to Stelara®* (ustekinumab) in delivering specific quality of life (QoL) aspects in adults with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis at 16 weeks. New CLARITY data show over two-thirds of Cosentyx treated patients with moderate to severe psoriasis reported no impact of skin disease on their QoL up to Week 16 compared to Stelara®* (ustekinumab) treated patients (68.4% versus 55.9%, respectively). These data were presented at the 2019 American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
The proportion of patients achieving Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) 0 or 1 response showed a superior improvement with Cosentyx over Stelara®: DLQI 0 or 1 response was higher when patients were treated with Cosentyx vs. Stelara®* at Week 12 (64.0% vs. 51.7%) and at Week 16 (68.4% vs. 55.9%) (both p<0.0001).The new study results add to findings from CLARITY published in 2018, which showed Cosentyx was significantly more effective than Stelara®* in delivering clear and almost clear skin at 12 and 16 weeks. Cosentyx continues to have a favorable and consistent safety profile. Previously presented data from the CLEAR study also demonstrated the superiority of Cosentyx to Stelara®* in achieving sustained skin clearance (PASI 90 response rates) at 52 weeks.
Psoriasis is not simply a cosmetic problem, but a persistent, chronic (long-lasting), and sometimes distressing disease, which can affect even the smallest aspects of people's lives on a daily basis. "We are proud to present strong improvement in quality of life data, reinforcing our confidence in Cosentyx as a complete treatment for psoriasis patients," said Sam Khalil, Worldwide Head of Medical Affairs Immunology, Hepatology and Dermatology. "Over two-thirds of psoriasis patients experience persistent manifestations beyond skin plaques including nail, scalp, palmoplantar psoriasis as well as joints involvement. Our goal is to provide a treatment that targets all these manifestations and improves the quality of life of patients suffering from psoriatic diseases, with a proven long-term safety and efficacy."
In addition to CLARITY, new data from the PROSE study was presented as a late-breaker at AAD analyzing the impact of skin disease on patient QoL.
These QoL results add to findings from the SCULPTURE study published in 2018, showing that two-thirds of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis patients treated with Cosentyx® reported no impact of skin disease on their quality of life through 5 years, as described by the DLQI 0/1 response (72.7% at Year 1 and 65.5% at Year 5) - a questionnaire used to evaluate the impact of skin disease on a patient's quality of life.
Cosentyx is the first and only fully-human biologic that specifically inhibits interleukin-17A (IL-17A), a cornerstone cytokine involved in the inflammation and development of psoriasis (PsO), psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS).
Cosentyx is backed by robust clinical evidence and more than 100 studies to date including dedicated studies in persistent manifestations of psoriasis, namely nails, scalp, palms and soles, as well as PsA and AS. Cosentyx has shown long-lasting efficacy and a favorable safety profile while addressing psoriatic disease, therefore offering a complete treatment. It has shown sustained safety and long-lasting efficacy in three 5-year Phase III extension studies in PsO, PsA and AS,,.
Today, more than 200,000 patients worldwide have been treated with Cosentyx since launch.
About the CLARITY study
CLARITY (NCT02826603) is a 52-week, multicenter, randomized, double-blind study to demonstrate the superiority of Cosentyx 300 mg versus Stelara®* in moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis patients. Patients were randomized 1:1 to receive subcutaneous Cosentyx 300 mg (n = 550) at Baseline, Weeks 1, 2 and 3, then every 4 weeks from Week 4 to 48, or Stelara®* (n = 552) 45 mg or 90 mg subcutaneously (depending upon body weight at randomization), according to approved label.
Co-primary endpoints were 90% or more improvement from Baseline Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI 90) and Investigator's Global Assessment (IGA) mod 2011 0/1 (clear or almost clear) response rates at Week 12. Key secondary endpoints included demonstrating superiority of Cosentyx versus Stelara®* with respect to PASI 75 at Week 4; PASI 75 and 100 at Week 12; PASI 75, 90, 100 and IGA mod 2011 0/1 at Week 16. Missing values were handled by multiple imputation.
The study results showed 66.5% and 72.3% of patients treated with Cosentyx (p < 0.0001) achieved both co-primary endpoints PASI 90 and IGA mod 2011 0/1, respectively, compared to 47.9% and 55.4% patients, respectively, treated with Stelara®* at Week 12 (p < 0.0001). Patients receiving Cosentyx had significantly greater PASI 100 responses (key secondary endpoint) compared to those receiving Stelara®* (38.1% vs. 20.1%, respectively at Week 12; p < 0.0001).
All key secondary endpoints in the CLARITY study were met. At Week 4, PASI 75 response rates were significantly superior with Cosentyx compared to Stelara®* (40.2% vs. 16.3%; p < 0.0001). At Week 16, Cosentyx demonstrated significantly superior response rates compared to Stelara®* for PASI 75 (91.7% vs. 79.8%; p < 0.0001), PASI 90 (76.6% vs. 54.2%; p < 0.0001), PASI 100 (45.3% vs. 26.7%; p < 0.0001), and IGA mod 2011 0/1 (78.6% vs. 59.1%; p < 0.0001).
The proportion of patients achieving DLQI 0 or 1 response was higher when patients were treated with secukinumab vs. ustekinumab at Week 12 (64.0% vs. 51.7%) and at Week 16 (68.4% vs. 55.9%) (both p<0.0001).
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