Novartis reports long-term efficacy data for Cosentyx in psoriasis

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Novartis has reported new clinical data showing the sustained efficacy and safety offered by Cosentyx in the treatment of psoriasis.

Positive five-year efficacy and safety results have been presented from a phase III long-term extension study in patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis, showing the drug is able to deliver almost clear or completely clear skin in the majority of patients.

“Novartis has reported new long-term clinical data showing the sustained efficacy and safety of Cosentyx in the treatment of psoriasis.“

Data from this study will be presented at a key medical congress in the second half of 2017, with the positive five-year phase III results set to represent a key milestone in assessing long-term benefits of the treatment.

Vas Narasimhan, global head of drug development and chief medical officer at Novartis, said: "With the first data from a pivotal trial with five years of follow-up, Cosentyx continues to demonstrate it can provide what psoriasis patients want - a life with clear skin."

Recent label updates announced for Cosentyx in Europe have demonstrated the long-term superiority of Cosentyx versus Stelara in moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis, on the basis of 52-week data from the CLEAR study.

This has allowed the availability of the drug - which was originally launched in 2015 - to be expanded to include the treatment of moderate-to-severe scalp psoriasis.

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