Novartis Leadership In Psoriasis Therapies Could Be Consolidated With New Drug "Cosentyx"

The pharma giant Novartis (NYSE: NVS] is looking to consolidate its hold on the lead role for new therapies for psoriasis with some remarkable data suggesting the drug could act as a disease modifier for a significant group of patients.

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In new data presented today, investigators say that:

  • Cosentyx “may modify the course of moderate-to-severe psoriasis leading to long-term, treatment-free skin clearance” and that’s a first for any IL-17A therapy.
  • in a full year following the end of treatment, 21% of patients retained clear skin.
  • After two years, 10% were able to remain symptom free.
  •  an earlier start to therapy improves a shot at disease modification.

That’s a big deal in this field. Cosentyx broke the $1 billion revenue mark last year as Eli Lilly & Co. (NYSE: LLYlined up an approval for Taltz and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX) managed an OK for Siliq. Siliq, though, comes with a black box warning on suicidal thinking. The next big entry here will likely be from Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), which only a few days ago reported its final harvest of positive Phase III data for guselkumab.

Novartis now has some added data that will help keep sales revenue pointed north. Said Vas Narasimhan, Global Head, Drug Development and Chief Medical Officer, Novartis.

“These results suggest that Cosentyx may go beyond simply treating symptoms and could actually modify the course of psoriasis, and highlights the need for further investigation into early intervention. Being able to change the course of disease is the ultimate goal of treatment, which is why we are investing in the STEPIn trial to further understand the disease modifying ability of Cosentyx in psoriasis.”

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