Posted from: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 03:34 PM - Present

Cosentyx Receives Expanded Indication

February 8, 2018 – The U.S. FDA has approved an expanded indication for Cosentyx® (secukinumab), manufactured by Novartis. The drug is now approved to treat moderate-to-severe scalp psoriasis. Previously, Cosentyx’s FDA-approved use in the treatment of psoriasis was restricted to moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis.

Scalp psoriasis is considered one of the more difficult forms of psoriasis to treat. It affects approximately half of all psoriasis patients; approximately 4 million psoriasis patients in the U.S. have scalp psoriasis, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. The expanded indication for Cosentyx to treat the condition is based on a clinical study in which it demonstrated favorable safety and efficacy profiles compared to placebo.

Recommended dosing is based on indication and on individual patient needs. Cosentyx is administered via subcutaneous injection. Originally approved in 2015 to treat psoriasis, it is also indicated to treat ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis.


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