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* New patient preference survey confirms that patients value clear skin the
most, but expect additional benefits from their treatment, such as proven
long-term efficacy and safety data and no injection site reactions
* A separate ranking incorporating additional characteristics showed that
effectiveness in treating multiple manifestations of psoriatic disease was
* The number of injections per dose and injection frequency were least
important to patients according to the ranking analysis
Basel, September 12, 2018 - Novartis, a leader in immuno-dermatology, announced
today new data from a patient preference survey showing psoriasis patients want
their treatment to go beyond just clear skin and safety. This study of 300
psoriasis patients is being presented during a poster session at the 27(th)
European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) Congress in Paris,
Results confirmed that clear skin is the most preferred treatment attribute,
which is consistent with previous patient preference surveys in psoriasis-
. Results also show patients expect additional benefits from their treatment
that are not traditionally assessed in patient surveys, including the number of
years of proven efficacy and safety data in large clinical trials and no
injection site reactions.
In a separate ranking incorporating additional characteristics, patients ranked
the effectiveness in treating multiple manifestations of psoriatic disease
(including PsA, nail, palmoplantar and scalp), and complete symptom relief, as
being important, after risk of side effects and clear skin (including time to
achieve clear skin). Least important were the number of injections per dose
and injection frequency.
"It's relevant to understand from psoriasis patients which additional benefits
from their treatment they want besides clear skin and safety," said Professor
Matthias Augustin, Director Institute of Health Care Research in Dermatology and
Nursing, University of Hamburg. "From the findings of this survey, consistent
and sustained long term efficacy and safety from large clinical studies, no pain
at injection site or efficacy in all manifestations of psoriatic disease could
be influential when choosing a treatment for moderate-to-severe psoriasis."
"The survey will help Novartis and dermatologists better understand patient
preference in selecting psoriatic disease treatment options," stated Sam Khalil,
PhD, Head Worldwide Medical Affairs, Immunology, Hepatology and Dermatology. "It
supports Novartis goal of leadership in immuno-dermatology and our commitment to
improving patient care. Reimagining medicine for patients, starts by listening
to what patients truly want and need."
Psoriatic disease is complex and multifaceted. Up to 40% of psoriasis patients
may develop PsA. In the long term, up to 90% of psoriasis patients may also
develop nail psoriasis, palmoplantar psoriasis (of the palms of the hands and
soles of the feet), or scalp psoriasis-. These manifestations are
associated with a greater burden on patients' life.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology's guidelines, psoriasis
treatments should be tailored to the patient's situation and preference. A
greater understanding of patients' preferences for moderate-to-severe psoriasis
treatment is central to improving models of shared patient-doctor decision
making. These results provide additional insight into the patients' perspective
of the psoriasis treatment options available.
About the patient preference study
The aim of the patient preference study was to quantify the relative patient
preferences for five selected attributes that may differentiate among biologic
treatments for moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. The data was collated from
an online discrete choice experiment (DCE) survey from 300 US respondents with a
self-reported physician diagnosis of moderate-to-severe psoriasis. Levels of
attributes were based on existing clinical information for current biologic
treatments of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis.
In addition, patients ranked the importance of an expanded list of treatment
attributes, which included the five DCE attributes plus five additional
psoriasis-relevant treatment attributes, in a separate and exploratory series of
Psoriasis is a distressing and painful autoimmune disease that affects more than
125 million people worldwide. It is a debilitating condition associated with
a significant emotional and physical daily burden. In the long-term, psoriasis
can also lead to other conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, depression
and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) - which up to 40% of patients with psoriasis may
Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of the disease and appears as raised,
red skin patches covered with a silvery white build-up of dead cells. Most
patients with psoriasis will also develop difficult-to-treat forms of the
disease which appear on the scalp, nails, palms of the hands or soles of the
feet and are associated with further pain, decreased mobility and functional
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