New Novartis two-year data for investigational secukinumab revealed no progression in joint damage in 84% of psoriatic arthritis patients

  • New x-ray assessment data showed no further progression of joint structural damage in the majority of patients with psoriatic arthritis over two years1
  • Investigational secukinumab is the first interleukin-17A inhibitor to have demonstrated efficacy in Phase III studies of patients with psoriatic arthritis while maintaining a safety profile consistent with that observed in previous studies1,2,3
  • Psoriatic arthritis is estimated to affect as many as 30% of people with psoriasis4 and as many as one in four people with psoriasis may have undiagnosed psoriatic arthritis5

DORVAL, QC, Nov. 10, 2015 /CNW/ - Novartis presented new data for investigational secukinumab demonstrating no further progression in joint damage in 84% of patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA). In addition, investigational secukinumab maintained a treatment response in joint and skin disease, physical function and quality of life in patients over two years of treatment while maintaining a safety profile consistent with that observed in previous studies1. These results from the FUTURE 1 study represented the longest investigational secukinumab Phase III study in PsA to date. The study results were presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) in San Francisco, United States.

"Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic debilitating disease affecting the skin and the joints, for which there is currently no cure. If not diagnosed quickly and treated effectively, it can lead to irreversible joint damage and important disability caused by years of inflammation2-3,7," said Dr. Proton Rahman, a rheumatologist and FUTURE 1 Study investigator. "Canadian patients living with psoriatic arthritis are in need of treatment options that can prevent the progression in joint damage to maintain quality of life over several years. The FUTURE 1 study results represent good news as they address an unmet medical need in dealing with this painful disease."

About the FUTURE 1 study
FUTURE 1 is a two year, multi-center, randomized, placebo-controlled Phase III pivotal study to evaluate the efficacy of investigational secukinumab in patients with active PsA. FUTURE 1 enrolled 606 patients with active PsA and assessed investigational secukinumab with intravenous loading (10 mg/kg) and subcutaneous (75 mg or 150 mg) maintenance dosing1. The primary endpoint assessed superiority of investigational secukinumab against placebo in the proportion of patients achieving the ACR 20 response at Week 24. From Week 16, patients in the placebo arm of the study were re-randomized to receive investigational secukinumab 150 mg or 75 mg at either Week 16 or Week 24, based on clinical response1-2. 67%[*] of patients (n=202) treated with investigational secukinumab 150 mg achieved the standard treatment goal of an ACR 20 response (American College of Rheumatology response criteria)1.

About psoriatic arthritis  
Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is part of a family of life-long inflammatory diseases that also include ankylosing spondylitis (AS). It is also closely associated with psoriasis. Approximately 30% of patients with psoriasis have PsA4 and as many as one in four people with psoriasis may have undiagnosed PsA5. It is a debilitating, chronic disease linked with significant disability, poor quality of life and reduced life expectancy6. Symptoms of PsA include joint pain and stiffness, skin and nail psoriasis, swollen toes and fingers, persistent painful swelling of the tendons (tendonitis), and irreversible joint damage7. Up to 40% of people can suffer from joint destruction and permanent physical deformity8.

About investigational secukinumab (AIN457) and interleukin-17A
Investigational secukinumab (AIN457) is a human monoclonal antibody that selectively neutralizes circulating interleukin-17A (IL-17A)9. Investigational secukinumab is the first IL-17A inhibitor with positive Phase III results for the treatment of PsA and AS2,3,10,11. Research suggests that IL-17A may play an important role in driving the body's immune response in disorders such as psoriasis, PsA and AS12.

In March 2015, investigational secukinumab was approved by Health Canada as an IL-17A inhibitor for the treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis in adult patients who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy (light therapy).

PsA and AS indications are still under investigation and market authorization has not yet been obtained in Canada.

About Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc.
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc., a leader in the healthcare field, is committed to the discovery, development and marketing of innovative products to improve the well-being of all Canadians. In 2014, the company invested $76 million in research and development in Canada. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. employs approximately 700 people in Canada. For further information, please consult

About Novartis
Novartis provides innovative healthcare solutions that address the evolving needs of patients and societies. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis offers a diversified portfolio to best meet these needs: innovative medicines, eye care and cost-saving generic pharmaceuticals. Novartis is the only global company with leading positions in these areas. In 2014, the Group achieved net sales of USD 58.0 billion, while R&D throughout the Group amounted to approximately USD 9.9 billion (USD 9.6 billion excluding impairment and amortization charges). Novartis Group companies employ approximately 120,000 full-time-equivalent associates. Novartis products are available in more than 180 countries around the world. For more information, please visit

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