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Deucravacitinib in Moderate to Severe Psoriasis: Clinical and Quality-of-Life Outcomes in a Phase 2 Trial. Dermatol Ther (Heidelb) 2022 Feb;12(2):495-510



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2-s2.0-85123098014 (requires institutional sign-in at Scopus site)   24 Citations


INTRODUCTION: Deucravacitinib is an oral, selective tyrosine kinase 2 inhibitor that demonstrated therapeutic benefit in a Phase 2 clinical trial of adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. This analysis was designed to evaluate the effect of deucravacitinib on additional clinical and quality-of-life (QoL) outcomes and assess the relationship between these outcomes in adults with psoriasis.

METHODS: Post-hoc analysis of a 12-week Phase 2 trial was conducted for the three most efficacious dosage groups (3 mg twice daily, 6 mg twice daily, 12 mg once daily) and placebo. Investigator assessments for efficacy included Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI), body surface area (BSA) involvement, and static Physician's Global Assessment; QoL was assessed using the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI). Treatment responses and their associations were evaluated over time.

RESULTS: Deucravacitinib elicited improvement versus placebo as early as Week 4 for most efficacy measures (including changes in absolute PASI and BSA), with efficacy trends observed from Week 2 to Week 12. Improvements in QoL, assessed by achievement of a DLQI overall score of 0/1 (no effect at all on patient's life), followed a pattern similar to deucravacitinib-related clinical outcomes over 12 weeks. Overall, patients with greater improvements in psoriasis-related clinical signs and symptoms also reported greater improvement in QoL. However, complete skin clearance was not required for achieving DLQI 0/1.

CONCLUSION: Deucravacitinib treatment produced early response and similar trends in improvements across multiple efficacy assessments and QoL in moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. Deucravacitinib has the potential to become a promising new oral therapy for this condition.

TRIAL REGISTRATION: identifier; NCT02931838.

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Thaçi D, Strober B, Gordon KB, Foley P, Gooderham M, Morita A, Papp KA, Puig L, Menter MA, Colombo MJ, Elbez Y, Kisa RM, Ye J, Napoli AA, Wei L, Banerjee S, Merola JF, Gottlieb AB


Kenneth Brian Gordon MD Chair, Professor in the Dermatology department at Medical College of Wisconsin