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AbbVie Receives CHMP Positive Opinion for SKYRIZI™ ▼ (risankizumab) for the Treatment of Moderate to Severe Plaque Psoriasis in adults

Press release   •   Mar 01, 2019 12:13 GMT

CHMP positive opinion, supported by data from the pivotal Phase 3 program evaluating more than 2,000 patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, will now be reviewed by the European Commission1-3

–In Phase 3 trials, risankizumab achieved significantly greater response of clear or almost clear skin (sPGA 0/1 and PASI 90) compared to ustekinumab, adalimumab and placebo at week 16 and up to week 52 with every 12-week dosing after initial start dosing1-3

–Risankizumab (under the trade name SKYRIZI) is an investigational, humanized immunoglobulin G1 (IgG1) monoclonal antibody designed to selectively inhibit IL-23 by binding to its p19 subunit4

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., March 1, 2019– AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, today announced that the European Medicines Agency's (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion for SKYRIZI™ (risankizumab , an investigational interleukin-23 (IL-23) inhibitor, for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in adult patientswho are candidates for systemic therapy.

The CHMP positive opinion is supported by data from the global Phase 3 psoriasis program evaluating more than 2,000 patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis across four pivotal Phase 3 studies.1-3 Across all four studies, ultIMMA-1, ultIMMa-2, IMMhance and IMMvent, all co-primary and ranked secondary endpoints were met, achieving a significantly higher response of clear or almost clear skin (Static Physicians Global Assessment [sPGA] 0/1 and Psoriasis Area and Severity Index [PASI] 90) compared to ustekinumab, adalimumab and placebo at week 16 and up to week 52 (depending on study design).1-3 The most frequently reported adverse reactions were upper respiratory infections, which occurred in 13 percent of patients.5 Most reported adverse reactions were mild or moderate in severity.5

"Plaque psoriasis can have a significant physical, psychological and social burden on people living with the condition,” said Michael Severino, M.D., vice chairman and president, AbbVie. "We are excited that the CHMP has recognized risankizumab’s potential to significantly reduce the signs and symptoms of psoriasis and provide an improved quality of life. In clinical studies, risankizumab demonstrated consistently high rates of skin clearance with a favorable benefit/risk profile. This is an important regulatory milestone in our relentless pursuit of innovative therapies that address unmet needs for patients with serious dermatological conditions."

The CHMP positive opinion is a scientific recommendation for marketing authorization to the European Commission (EC), which will review it and issue a Commission decision, valid in all member states of the European Union, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The Commission decision is anticipated within 67 days following the CHMP opinion.

About the SKYRIZI (risankizumab) Phase 3 Psoriasis Program1-3

The global Phase 3 psoriasis program evaluated more than 2,000 patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis throughout four pivotal studies. The studies include assessments of efficacy and safety of risankizumab at 150 mg (two 75 mg injections) administered by subcutaneous injection at week 0, week 4 and every 12 weeks thereafter. Key measures of efficacy include measures of disease activity and skin clearance, including sPGA 0/1, PASI 90, and PASI 100 and health-related quality of life. More information on this program can be found at (NCT02672852, NCT02694523, NCT02684370, NCT02684357).

About risankizumab

Risankizumab is an investigational compound that is designed to selectively block IL-23 by binding to its p19 subunit.4 IL-23, a key cytokine involved in inflammatory processes, is thought to be linked to a number of chronic immune-mediated diseases.6

Risankizumab is under review with health authorities globally and is currently not approved by regulatory authorities. Risankizumab is part of a collaboration between Boehringer Ingelheim and AbbVie, with AbbVie leading future development and commercialization of risankizumab globally.

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  • 1.Blauvelt, A. et al. Risankizumab Efficacy/Safety in Moderate-to-Severe Plaque Psoriasis: 16-Week Results From IMMhance [abstract P066]. Acta Derm Venereol. 2018; 98(suppl 219): 30.
  • 2.Reich, K., et al.Efficacy and Safety of Risankizumab Compared with Adalimumab in Patients with Moderate-to-Severe Plaque Psoriasis: Results from the Phase 3 IMMvent Trial. ePoster #P1813. European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Congress. 2018.
  • 3.Gordon K, et al. Efficacy and safety of risankizumab in moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis (UltIMMa-1 and UltIMMa-2): results from two double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled and ustekinumab-controlled phase 3 trials. The Lancet. 2018 Aug 25;392(10148):650-661.
  • 4.Papp K.A., et al. Risankizumab versus Ustekinumab for Moderate-to-Severe Plaque Psoriasis. N Engl J Med. 2017 Apr 20; 376:1551-1560.
  • 5.Leonardi, et al. Poster #9891. 2019 American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting. 2019.
  • 6.Duvallet E, Sererano L, Assier E, et. al. Interleukin-23: a key cytokine in inflammatory diseases. Ann Med. 2011 Nov;43(7):503-11.

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