The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have recommended that AbbVie's psoriasis treatment risankizumab, brand name Skyrizi▼, be made available on the NHS as a possible treatment for plaque psoriasis in adults if:
- the psoriasis is severe and affects quality of life and
- the psoriasis has not improved with other treatments, for example, ciclosporin, methotrexate and phototherapy, or these can’t be taken
Treatment with risankizumab should be stopped after 16 weeks if the psoriasis does not improve enough.
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Why the NICE made these recommendations
Risankizumab is proposed as an alternative to other biological therapies already recommended by NICE for treating severe plaque psoriasis in adults. Evidence from clinical trials shows that risankizumab is more effective than adalimumab and ustekinumab. Indirect comparisons suggest that risankizumab is likely to provide similar health benefits compared with guselkumab, and better PASI response rates compared with many other biologicals.
For the cost comparison, it is appropriate to compare risankizumab with guselkumab. The total costs associated with risankizumab are similar to or lower than those associated with guselkumab. Therefore, risankizumab is recommended as an option for use in the NHS for severe plaque psoriasis that has not responded to systemic non-biological treatments, or if these are contraindicated or not tolerated.
About Skyrizi (source EMA)
Skyrizi is a medicine used to treat plaque psoriasis, a disease causing red, scaly patches on the skin. It is used in adults with moderate to severe disease and who require systemic treatment (treatment with medicines given by mouth or by injection).
The active substance in Skyrizi, risankizumab, is a monoclonal antibody (a type of protein) that is designed to attach to interleukin 23 and block its activity. Interleukin 23 is a messenger molecule of the body's immune system (the body's natural defences) and is involved in causing inflammation that is linked to the formation of plaque psoriasis. By blocking the action of interleukin 23, risankizumab reduces inflammation and symptoms associated with the disease.
Skyrizi was first made available in the EU in 2019. It is manufactured by AbbVie.
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Risankizumab for treating moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. Technology appraisal guidance [TA596]. Published date: 21 August 2019
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