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Risankizumab: A Review in Moderate to Severe Plaque Psoriasis

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posted on 2020-07-06, 19:41 authored by Hannah A. Blair

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Funding The preparation of this review was not supported by any external funding.

Conflict of interestHannah Blair is a salaried employee of Adis International Ltd/Springer Nature, is responsible for the article content and declares no relevant conflicts of interest.

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Risankizumab (Skyrizi®; risankizumab-rzaa) is a humanized immunoglobulin (Ig) G1 monoclonal antibody that specifically targets the p19 subunit of interleukin (IL)-23, thereby inhibiting IL-23-dependent cell signaling. Subcutaneous risankizumab is approved for the treatment of adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis who are candidates for systemic therapy (in the EU), those who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy (in the USA) and those who have an inadequate response to conventional therapies (in Japan). In pivotal phase III trials (UltIMMa-1, UltIMMa-2, IMMvent and IMMhance), risankizumab was more effective than placebo, ustekinumab and adalimumab with regard to the proportion of patients achieving ≥ 90% improvement from baseline in Psoriasis Area and Severity Index score (PASI 90) and a static Physician’s Global Assessment score of 0 or 1 at week 16, with these benefits maintained over the longer term. In supportive head-to-head trials, risankizumab was also superior to secukinumab and fumaric acid esters in terms of PASI 90 response rate. In an ongoing open-label extension study (LIMMitless), risankizumab was associated with durable and improved efficacy after switching from ustekinumab or adalimumab, as well as durable maintenance of efficacy through > 2.5 years of continuous exposure. Treatment with risankizumab improved health-related quality of life and was generally well tolerated, both in the short- and longer-term. In conclusion, risankizumab represents a useful new treatment option for patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.

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