*SILIQ stops the action of a family of 4 proteins involved in psoriasis by blocking the gateway through which these proteins work. Other biologic medicines that work against this family of proteins target one protein from this group and have no effect on the other 3 proteins.7-9
SILIQ blocks IL-17A, IL-17C, IL-17E (IL-25) and IL-17F via their receptor to stop the proinflammatory cascade that leads to psoriasis.7
The clinical significance of these characteristics is not fully known.
IL-17 cytokines are key players in
the development of psoriasis.10-12
IL-17A inhibitors impede IL-17A.8,9 SILIQ blocks all of these IL-17 cytokines because it blocks interactions with the receptor that binds them: IL-17RA.7
A recent article establishes the role of IL-17C as critical in the development of psoriasis and characterizes it as the most abundant IL-17 cytokine in psoriatic lesional skin.15
3 injections to start, followed by 1 injection every other week7
SILIQ should be taken
once a week for
After that, SILIQ should be taken once every 2 weeks. Remind your patients that consistent dosing leads to consistent results
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Important Safety Information for SILIQ (brodalumab) Injection
SILIQ® injection is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in adult patients who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy and have failed to respond or have lost response to other systemic therapies.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
WARNING: SUICIDAL IDEATION AND BEHAVIOR
Suicidal ideation and behavior, including completed suicides, have occurred in patients treated with SILIQ. Prior to prescribing SILIQ, weigh the potential risks and benefits in patients with a history of depression and/or suicidal ideation or behavior. Patients with new or worsening suicidal ideation and behavior should be referred to a mental health professional, as appropriate. Advise patients and caregivers to seek medical attention for manifestations of suicidal ideation or behavior, new onset or worsening depression, anxiety, or other mood changes [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1) in the full Prescribing Information].
Because of the observed suicidal behavior in subjects treated with SILIQ, SILIQ is available only through a restricted program under a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) called the SILIQ REMS Program [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2) in the full Prescribing Information].
SILIQ is contraindicated in patients with Crohn’s disease. In clinical trials, which excluded Crohn’s patients, one SILIQ patient was withdrawn after developing Crohn’s disease.
SILIQ Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) Program
SILIQ is available only through a restricted program called the SILIQ REMS because of observed suicidal ideation and behavior in patients treated with SILIQ. Before prescribing SILIQ, prescribers must be certified with the program, have each patient sign a Patient-Prescriber Agreement Form, and provide the patient a Wallet Card describing symptoms requiring immediate medical evaluation. Pharmacies must be certified and only dispense to patients authorized to receive SILIQ. More information is available at SILIQREMS.com
SILIQ may increase the risk of infections. Serious infections and fungal infections were observed at a higher rate in patients treated with SILIQ than placebo-treated patients in clinical trials, including one case of cryptococcal meningitis that led to discontinuation of therapy.
Risk for Latent Tuberculosis (TB) Reactivation
Evaluate patients for TB prior to initiating treatment with SILIQ and do not treat patients with active TB. Initiate treatment for latent TB prior to starting SILIQ and consider anti-TB therapy prior to initiation in patients with history of latent TB if adequate treatment cannot be confirmed. Monitor closely for symptoms of active TB during and after treatment.
Avoid use of live vaccines in patients treated with SILIQ.
The most commonly reported adverse reactions in clinical trials were arthralgia, headache, fatigue, diarrhea, oropharyngeal pain, nausea, myalgia, injection site reactions, influenza, neutropenia, and tinea infections.
To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Customer Service at 1-800-321-4576 or the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088, or visit www.fda.gov/MedWatch.
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SILIQ was evaluated in 3 similarly designed phase 3 studies. Study 1 included 661 adult patients with a diagnosis of plaque psoriasis for ≥6 months involving ≥10% body surface area (BSA), PASI score ≥12, and sPGA score ≥3. Study 2 included 1831 patients with similar eligibility criteria and Study 3 included 1881 patients with similar eligibility criteria. Study 1 was a placebo-controlled study, while studies 2 and 3 were placebo- and active (Stelara)-controlled studies.1,3
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WARNING: SUICIDAL IDEATION AND BEHAVIOR
Suicidal ideation and behavior, including completed suicides, have occurred in patients treated with SILIQ. Prior to prescribing SILIQ, weigh the potential risks and benefits in patients with a history of depression and/or suicidal ideation or behavior. Patients with new or worsening suicidal ideation and behavior should be referred to a mental health