Novartis gets European approval to update Cosentyx label to include dosing flexibility in ankylosing spondylitis

BaselFriday, October 25, 2019, 09:00 Hrs  [IST]

Novartis, a leader in rheumatology and immuno-dermatology, announced that the European Commission (EC) has approved a label update for the up-titration of Cosentyx (secukinumab) to 300 mg for patients with active ankylosing spondylitis (AS).

The approval is based on data from MEASURE 3, a three-year study that explored the tolerability and efficacy of Cosentyx in patients with AS. Response rates were greater in the 300 mg dose group, particularly among patients with previous anti-TNF exposure, compared with the recommended 150 mg dose.  The safety profile was consistent with previous studies.

“This approval gives rheumatologists more flexibility to ensure their patients are able to achieve the best response to treatment,” said Sam Khalil, Global Head of Medical Affairs Immunology, Hepatology and Dermatology at Novartis. “It further encourages our ongoing efforts to reimagine care to ensure all patients are able to experience full relief from the signs and symptoms of AS.”

Axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) is a spectrum of long-term inflammatory disease characterized by chronic inflammatory back pain. The axSpA disease spectrum includes ankylosing spondylitis (AS), in which joint damage is visible on x-ray, and non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA), in which joint damage is not visible on x-ray. Both parts of the disease spectrum have a comparable symptom burden, including nocturnal pain, fatigue, morning stiffness and functional disability. If left untreated, axSpA can impair activity, lead to lost work time, and have a significant impact on quality of life.

Cosentyx (secukinumab) is the first and only fully-human biologic that directly inhibits interleukin-17A (IL-17A), a cornerstone cytokine involved in the inflammation and development of psoriatic arthritis (PsA), psoriasis (PsO), and ankylosing spondylitis (AS).

Cosentyx is backed by robust clinical evidence, including 5-year data across PsO, PsA and AS, as well as data from real world evidence. These data strengthen the unique position of Cosentyx as a rapid and long-lasting comprehensive treatment across axSpA, PsA, and psoriatic disease, with more than 250,000 patients treated worldwide with Cosentyx since its launch.