Archive for the ‘biologics’ Category

Taltz challenges Humira in head to head clinical trial treating psoriatic arthritis
Taltz challenges Humira in head to head clinical trial treating psoriatic arthritis

Eli Lilly and Company shared new data from its 52-week, head-to-head biologic clinical trial pitting its Taltz (ixekizumab) against AbbVie’s longtime blockbuster Humira (adalimumab) in patients with psoriatic arthritis who had not yet tried a biologic. Here’s the bottom line for those of you who just want the answers without Continue Reading…

Tremfya approval in U.S. for psoriatic arthritis looks likely
Tremfya approval in U.S. for psoriatic arthritis looks likely

Tremfya (guselkumab), is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and regulators elsewhere for the treatment of adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. It is an IL-23 inhibitor that is very successful at improving skin psoriasis. It was approved in Europe in 2019 for active psoriatic arthritis, Continue Reading…

Our new “Psoriasis Journey” campaign is rolling out
Our new “Psoriasis Journey” campaign is rolling out

Our new Psoriasis Journey campaign is rolling out now to prep for for an official June 8, 2020 launch. On that date, our volunteer patient with severe psoriasis is going to begin one of the cutting-edge psoriasis treatments we’ve been hearing so much about. You can follow along with his Continue Reading…

What is ALZUMAb? It’s the psoriasis biologic no one in America has heard of
What is ALZUMAb? It’s the psoriasis biologic no one in America has heard of

Ever heard of Enbrel? Humira? How about ALZUMAb? ALZUMAb (drug name itolizumab) is a “humanized anti-CD6 monoclonal antibody” for adults with active moderate to severe psoriasis. It has a different mechanism of action than the biologics available in the US, Europe, and Japan. It’s only available in India, where it Continue Reading…

Cosentyx goes head to head against Humira in psoriatic arthritis…it’s mostly a draw
Cosentyx goes head to head against Humira in psoriatic arthritis…it’s mostly a draw

Two biologics that work on psoriatic disease differently – Cosentyx (drug name secukinumab, an IL-17a inhibitor) and Humira (drug name adalimumab, a TNF-alpha inhibitor) – were recently tested in a study designed and funded by Novartis, the company behind Cosentyx. The study pitted Cosentyx against Humira for 52 weeks in Continue Reading…

New patient registry PsoProtect for those battling both psoriasis and COVID-19/coronavirus could help provide treatment insights to both ailments
New patient registry PsoProtect for those battling both psoriasis and COVID-19/coronavirus could help provide treatment insights to both ailments

Scientists and physicians in the UK, working with an international coalition of experts and organizations, have launched a web-based registry that will gather health information on people with psoriasis who develop confirmed or suspected COVID-19/coronavirus. The results, if enough doctors participate, could provide important information in the treatment of both Continue Reading…

Do I need to worry about links between psoriasis and Alzheimer’s disease?
Do I need to worry about links between psoriasis and Alzheimer’s disease?

You may have seen the headlines: “Psoriasis tied to higher Alzheimer’s disease risk.” Great. Just another thing to worry about thanks to psoriasis, right? But when you dig into the research, you realize it’s mostly just the usual media hype: there’s no need to panic the next time you misplace Continue Reading…

Coronavirus, COVID-19, and psoriasis: what you need to know
Coronavirus, COVID-19, and psoriasis: what you need to know

Short summary, with June 17 update • Take seriously the social distancing, hand-washing, face covering, and other recommendations from the CDC so we can stop the spread of COVID-19/coronavirus. It is NOT over yet. • Those with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis should check in with their doctor to ask if Continue Reading…

Imagine knowing after 4 weeks, how a new psoriasis treatment would be working for you after 6 months…

Here’s an interesting, after-the-fact analysis from clinical trials of the biologic Ilumya (tildrakizumab-asmn), an “IL-23 inhibitor” marketed by Sun Pharma. The researchers looked at psoriasis severity scores used in clinical trials, known as PASI scores (Psoriasis Area and Severity Index), for each patient. Each patient’s score is determined before the Continue Reading…

Study finds startling rates of joint surgery in psoriatic arthritis patients

There’s a psoriatic arthritis study out of Denmark with some troubling statistics. The researchers looked at the Danish National Patient Registry from 1996 to 2017, and compared joint surgery rates between almost 12,000 psoriatic arthritis patients, and more than 100,000 people without psoriatic arthritis used as “controls” for comparison purposes. Continue Reading…