Introduction: Long-term safety data are critical for evaluating therapies for psoriasis. Ixekizumab has demonstrated efficacy and is well tolerated for the treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. We examined the safety and tolerability of up to 5 years of ixekizumab therapy in patients with psoriasis. Methods: Integrated safety data were analyzed from 13 ixekizumab clinical studies. Rates of treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs), serious AEs (SAEs) and AEs of special interest were analyzed for the 12-week induction period in the combined pivotal studies, and for all pooled studies by year(s) of therapy and overall, reported as exposure-adjusted incidence rates (IRs) per 100 patient-years (p-y) and/or frequencies. Results: Total ixekizumab exposure was 17,003.4 p-y (N = 5898); 2749 patients had ≥ 4 years of exposure. When compared across years of exposure, rates for AEs remained largely stable or declined, including TEAEs leading to discontinuation (3.8/100 p-y in year 1, declining to 2.0/100 p-y in year 5); SAEs (range 6.2–7.0/100 p-y); serious infections (range 1.3–1.7/100 p-y); nonmelanoma skin cancer (ranging from 0.5/100 p-y in year 1 to 0.2/100 p-y in years 4–5); other malignancies (range 0.4–0.6/100 p-y); inflammatory bowel disease including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease (IR 0.2/100 p-y); and major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) (range 0.3–0.7/100 p-y). Candidiasis was reported in 327 patients (IR 1.9/100 p-y), with the majority identified as mucocutaneous. The rate of injection site reactions was 15.5/100 p-y during year 1 and 2.0–2.3/100 p-y by years 3–5. Conclusions: The decrease in rates of TEAEs and the stable rates of SAEs, other malignancies and MACE during up to 5 years of ixekizumab dosing are consistent with previous reports describing a favorable safety profile of ixekizumab following shorter durations of exposure. Funding: Eli Lilly and Company.
- Adverse events
- Integrated analysis