This review focuses on the emerging concepts concerning the efficacy profile of biological drugs in psoriasis ranging from moderate to severe, and attempts to provide the most recent individual positioning of biologics in treating psoriasis.
Biologic agents targeting towards specific immune mediators have emerged as treatment options for patients with moderate to-severe plaque psoriasis unresponsive or intolerant to traditional systemic agents.
Data on the safety of biologics are available for up to 5 years in psoriasis and are on the whole reassuring. National registries are still evolving and will provide data on safety, to help the long-term monitoring of patients with psoriasis ongoing biological treatment.
Although several biologics have demonstrated good efficacy and tolerability in short-term trials, treatment guidelines recommend them as third line therapies due to relative lack of long-term safety data, especially for those who have been commercialized recently.
Here, we have reviewed the long-term safety data obtained from National Registries, randomized controlled trials, openlabel extension studies and meta-analyses on etanercept, infliximab, adalimumab, and ustekinumab in the treatment of adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.