Skyrizi Gets Psoriatic Arthritis Indication

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Skyrizi® (risankizumab-rzaa) from AbbVie is now approved for the treatment of adults with active psoriatic arthritis (PsA). FDA approval is supported by data from two pivotal studies, KEEPsAKE-1 and KEEPsAKE-2, which evaluated the efficacy and safety of Skyrizi in adults with active PsA, including those who had responded inadequately or were intolerant to biologic therapy and/or non-biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs).

Across the two Phase 3 studies, SKYRIZI met the primary endpoint of ACR20 response at week 24 compared to placebo and demonstrated significant improvements across several other manifestations of PsA, including swollen, tender and painful joints.

The dosing regimen for Skyrizi for PsA is consistent with the existing regimen for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis patients—a 150mg subcutaneous injection four times a year (after two starter doses at weeks 0 and 4)—and can be administered alone or in combination with DMARDs. 

“In the pivotal KEEPsAKE trials, SKYRIZI demonstrated improvements across a number of psoriatic arthritis symptoms, including joint pain, enthesitis and dactylitis,” says Alan J. Kivitz, MD, CPI, founder and medical director of the Altoona Center for Clinical Research and Altoona Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center in Duncansville, PA, and KEEPsAKE clinical trial investigator. “This approval provides both dermatologists and rheumatologists with an option that helps improve skin and joint symptoms in patients with active psoriatic arthritis, alongside a quarterly dosing schedule that may fit their patients’ lifestyle.” 

Skyrizi is part of a collaboration between Boehringer Ingelheim and AbbVie, with AbbVie leading development and commercialization of SKYRIZI globally.

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