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FDA approves new oral treatment Sotyktu for psoriasis
The US Food and drug administration has approved a new oral treatment Sotyktu for plaque psoriasis. In clinical trials, Sotyktu was more effective than the current most popular oral drug Otezla for psoriasis. Further Sotyktu appears to be safe, though some questions linger.The approval is based on results from the pivotal Phase 3 POETYK PSO-1 and POETYK PSO-2 clinical trials, which...
The US Food and drug administration has approved a new oral treatment Sotyktu for plaque psoriasis. In clinical trials, Sotyktu was more effective than the current most popular oral drug Otezla for psoriasis. Further Sotyktu appears to be safe, though some questions linger.
The approval is based on results from the pivotal Phase 3 POETYK PSO-1 and POETYK PSO-2 clinical trials, which demonstrated superior efficacy of once-daily Sotyktu compared to placebo and twice-daily Otezla® (apremilast) in 1,684 patients aged 18 years and older with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis.1 The superior efficacy of Sotyktu compared to placebo and Otezla was demonstrated at both 16 and 24 weeks, and responses with Sotyktu persisted through 52 weeks. See below for more information.
"Sotyktu has the potential to become the new standard of care oral treatment for people with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis, given its profile in helping patients achieve clearer skin as demonstrated in the POETYK PSO clinical program," said April Armstrong, MD, MPH, clinical investigator in the POETYK PSO-1 trial and Associate Dean and Professor of Dermatology at the University of Southern California.
"People living with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis face significant burdens, and Sotyktu is a welcome first-line systemic treatment option." Psoriasis is a widely prevalent, chronic, systemic immune-mediated disease that affects approximately 7.5 million people in the U.S.3 Up to 90 percent of patients with psoriasis have plaque psoriasis, which is characterized by distinct, round or oval plaques typically covered by silvery white scales. Nearly one-quarter of people with psoriasis, or around two million in the U.S., have cases that are considered moderate-to-severe.3
"The approval of Sotyktu represents an exciting day for patients suffering from moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis who are not satisfied with topical and conventional treatments.
This is another extraordinary achievement for Bristol Myers Squibb, as we bring forward a new mechanism of action, the first oral treatment approved in nearly 10 years, and the first orally dosed once-daily treatment for moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis," said Samit Hirawat, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Bristol Myers Squibb.
"We believe Sotyktu is a breakthrough in the treatment of patients with this condition, and we're excited about its potential in other immune-mediated diseases."
In the POETYK PSO trials, at Week 16, the most common adverse reactions (≥1 percent and higher than placebo) in patients on Sotyktu were upper respiratory infections (19.2 percent), blood creatine phosphokinase increase (2.7 percent), herpes simplex (2.0 percent), mouth ulcers (1.9 percent), folliculitis (1.7 percent) and acne (1.4 percent).1 In addition, 2.4 percent of patients on Sotyktu, 3.8 percent of patients on placebo, and 5.2 percent of patients on Otezla experienced adverse reactions leading to discontinuation.1,4
"Despite the availability of therapies, many people living with plaque psoriasis in the United States are untreated or undertreated,5,6" said Leah M. Howard, JD, President and CEO of the National Psoriasis Foundation. "The FDA approval of a new oral treatment is exciting news for the psoriasis community. We welcome this new treatment option."
Bristol Myers Squibb thanks the patients and investigators involved in the POETYK PSO clinical trial program. Sotyktu is expected to be available to patients in the U.S. in September 2022.
1. SOTYKTU Prescribing Information. SOTYKTU U.S. Product Information. September 2022. Princeton, N.J.: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.
2. Chimalakonda A, Burke J, Cheng L, et al. Selectivity profile of the tyrosine kinase 2 inhibitor deucravacitinib compared with janus kinase 1/2/3 inhibitors. Dermatol Ther (Heidelb) 2021;11(5):1763–1776. doi: 10.1007/s13555-021-00596-8.
3. Armstrong AW, Mehta MD, Schupp CW, et al. Psoriasis prevalence in adults in the United States. JAMA Dermatol. Published online June 30, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2021.2007.
4. Armstrong A, Gooderham M, Warren RB, et al. Deucravacitinib versus placebo and apremilast in moderate to severe plaque psoriasis: efficacy and safety results from the 52-week, randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled phase 3 POETYK PSO-1 trial, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (2022), doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaad.2022.07.002.
5. Lebwohl M, Langley RG, Paul C, et al. Evolution of patient perceptions of psoriatic disease: results from the Understanding Psoriatic Disease Leveraging Insights for Treatment (UPLIFT) survey. Dermatol Ther (Heidelb). 2022;12(1):61-78. Doi: 10.1007/s13555-021-00635-4.
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