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Clinical Utility of Guselkumab in the Treatment of Moderate-to-Severe Plaque Psoriasis

Authors Light JG, Su JJ, Feldman SR

Received 15 November 2020

Accepted for publication 7 January 2021

Published 15 January 2021 Volume 2021:14 Pages 55—63

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CCID.S235242

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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Dr Jeffrey Weinberg


Jeremy G Light,1 Jennifer J Su,1 Steven R Feldman1– 4

1Center for Dermatology Research, Department of Dermatology, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA; 2Department of Pathology, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA; 3Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA; 4Department of Dermatology, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

Correspondence: Jeremy G Light
Department of Dermatology, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1071, USA
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Abstract: Psoriasis is a chronic immune-mediated disease involving complex interaction of T cells and keratinocytes. The comprehensive pathogenesis of psoriasis is not fully understood but the IL-23/Th17 axis is a central pathway in driving disease development. Guselkumab is the first treatment of moderate-to-severe psoriasis that specifically targets the p19 subunit of IL-23. The benefit of guselkumab has been established by a number of clinical trials including demonstration of greater long-term efficacy in recent comparator trials. This review addresses the results of head-to-head trials (ECLIPSE, IXORA-R, and POLARIS) that compared guselkumab to secukinumab, ixekizumab, and fumaric acid esters. The previously demonstrated long-term efficacy of guselkumab has been corroborated by many recently published studies. The effective and safe profile, convenient dosing, and improved quality of life in patients make gulselkumab a viable first-line treatment option for moderate-to-severe psoriasis.

Keywords: guselkumab, psoriasis, biologics, efficacy, interleukin-23

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