Biologic drug survival in Israeli psoriasis patients

Guy Shalom, Arnon D. Cohen, Michael Ziv, Cohen Barak Eran, Ilan Feldhamer, Tamar Freud, Eitan Berman, Shirley Oren, Emmilia Hodak, Lev Pavlovsky

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    Background Drug survival is defined as the time period of treatment with a certain drug until its cessation. The role of previous exposure to traditional systemic treatments in biologic survival is still unknown. Objective To investigate the drug survival rates of biologic treatments in patients with psoriasis and to identify predictor factors. Methods Survival analysis was performed on patients with severe psoriasis who received adalimumab, infliximab, etanercept, and ustekinumab for treatment of psoriasis, drawn from the Clalit Health Services database. Multivariate analysis was performed adjusting for demographic variables; metabolic syndrome and its components; psoriatic arthritis; biologic naivety; coadministration of methotrexate, acitretin, or cyclosporine; and previous standard systemic treatment exposure. Results Among 907 patients treated with 1575 biologic treatments, ustekinumab had a significantly higher survival rate than tumor necrosis factor inhibitors. Biologic naivety and concomitant methotrexate intake were positive predictors for drug survival, whereas the female sex and the duration of previous systemic treatments were negative predictors. Limitations Data regarding disease severity or duration could not be drawn from the Clalit Health Services database. Conclusion Ustekinumab had better retention rates in comparison with other investigated biologics in patients with severe psoriasis, most of whom used it as a third line therapy.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)662-669.e1
    JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - 1 Apr 2017


    • adalimumab
    • biologic medications
    • drug survival
    • etanercept
    • infliximab
    • psoriasis
    • ustekinumab

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Dermatology


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