Adalimumab (Humira) for the Treatment of Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Hidradenitis suppurativa Research

Author(s): Gupta AK, Studholme C

Adalimumab (Humira®) is a novel therapy approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, Health Canada, and the European Commission for the treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS). Results of two Phase III trials of adalimumab demonstrate significantly higher efficacies compared to placebo. Primary efficacy outcome of 50% reduction in abscess and inflammatory nodule count was seen in 41.8% and 58.9% of participants receiving adalimumab in PIONEER I and PIONEER II studies, respectively, showing substantial improvement compared with placebo groups in both trials (26.0% and 27.6%, respectively). Although the significance of secondary efficacy measures of adalimumab every week treatment (EW) was not consistent between PIONEER I and PIONEER II studies, participants achieving abscess and inflammatory nodule counts of 0, 1, or 2 were significant (EW 51.8%) compared to placebo (32.2%) in the PIONEER II trial. Participants also demonstrated a marked decrease in skin pain measurements from baseline between EW patients (45.7%) and placebo (20.7%) in the PIONEER II trial. Modified Sartorius scores were decreased from baseline in both PIONEER I (-24.4) and PIONEER II (-28.9) trials versus placebo (-15.7 and -9.5, respectively). Adverse events were mild to moderate and comparable between all treatment groups including placebo. Taken together, these data conclude that treatment of HS with adalimumab is a safe and effective therapy resulting in a significant decrease in abscess and inflammatory nodule counts within the first 12 weeks of treatment.

Dermatology Journal and/or Publisher

Journal Name: Skin therapy letter
Journal Abbreviation: Skin Therapy Lett.
Journal Date Published: 2016-07-08

National Center for Biotechnology Information

PMID: 27388530
Article Source:
Lasted Revision: 2017-04-07

Abstract Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine Abstract Query for Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS).


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