Serious infection is a concern for patients with psoriasis receiving biologic therapies. We assessed the risk of serious infections for biologics used to treat psoriasis by comparison with a cohort receiving non-biologic systemic therapies in a propensity score-weighted Cox proportional hazards model using data from the British Association of Dermatologists Biologic Interventions Register.
Overall, 1,352; 3,271; and 994 participants were included in the etanercept, adalimumab, ustekinumab cohorts, respectively, and 3,421 participants were in the non-biologic cohort. A total of 283 patients had a serious infection; the incidence rates with 95% confidence intervals (CI) per 1,000 person-years were as follows: non-biologic, 14.2 (11.5-17.4); etanercept, 15.3 (11.6-20.1); adalimumab, 13.9 (11.4-16.6); and ustekinumab, 15.1 (10.8-21.1).
No significant increases in the risk of serious infection were observed for etanercept (hazard ratio [HR] = 1.10, 95% CI = 0.75-1.60), adalimumab (HR = 0.93, 95% CI = 0.69-1.26), or ustekinumab (HR = 0.92, 95% CI = 0.60-1.41) compared with non-biologic systemic therapies or methotrexate-only (etanercept: HR = 1.47, 95% CI = 0.95-2.28; adalimumab: HR = 1.26, 95% CI = 0.86-1.84; ustekinumab: HR = 1.22, 95% CI = 0.75-1.99).
The risk of serious infection should not be a key discriminator for patients and clinicians when choosing between non-biologic systemic therapies, etanercept, adalimumab, and ustekinumab for the treatment of psoriasis.
Zenas Z.N. Yiu, Catherine H. Smith, Darren M. Ashcroft et al
J Invest Dermatol March 2018 Volume 138, Issue 3, Pages 534-541