Dermatology

A recent year-in-review article outlines studies published in 2019 about nonmedical switching from originator biologics to biosimilars in rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and axial spondyloarthritis.
Pharmaceutical giant AbbVie reports strong revenues for next-generation products the company hopes will provide fill-in revenue as Humira (adalimumab) sales decline and more biosimilars to the blockbuster arthritis drug enter the market.
The review found no increased risk of cancer when looking at both keratinocyte cancer and lymphomas in patients on biologics vs conventional therapy. Overall, however, patients with psoriasis appear to have a slightly increased risk of certain cancers.
The study examined secukinumab biosimilar lentivirus-based gene therapy, which showed successful and prolonged expression of the recombinant antibody in rats.
The pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance engaged the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health to lead a multiphase stakeholder consultation process to encourage biosimilar uptake.
No biosimilar adalimumab launches are currently announced for the US market prior to 2023 as a result of patent settlements struck between biosimilar developers and Humira’s maker, AbbVie, and new data show that innovative biologics currently being developed may be able to provide superior benefits versus the older adalimumab product that may make biosimilars of this therapy less appealing treatment choices.
Novartis Friday announced results from a head-to-head trial of its secukinumab (Cosentyx) versus adalimumab in patients with active psoriatic arthritis (PsA), saying its therapy missed statistical significance for its primary end point.
 
Researchers reported on 1-year follow-up among patients at 2 centers, all of whom had psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis, after Brazilian health authorities issued a 2017 mandate that patients being treated with the reference infliximab be switched to CT-P13, and that new starts be given the biosimilar instead of the reference.
In treating patients with moderate to severe psoriasis, Samsung Bioepis’ etanercept biosimilar, approved in the European Union as Benepali and in the United States as Eticovo, was shown to be effective in a registry study.
Could adalimumab and its biosimilars become a less attractive option for treating some inflammatory diseases in the face of new therapeutic choices like interleukin-17 inhibitors? In the case of ixekizumab, a recent head-to-head study versus adalimumab showed that the newer product was superior in terms of improving joint and skin disease in patients with psoriatic arthritis.

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