The safety of ustekinumab for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis

A. López-Ferrer, A. Laiz, L. Puig

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© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Introduction: The cytokines interleukin (IL)-12 and IL-23 have been involved in the pathogenesis of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Ustekinumab is a fully human monoclonal antibody targeting the p40 subunit shared by IL-12 and IL-23. Ustekinumab prevents the interaction of IL-12 and IL-23 binding to their receptors, blocking the T1 and T17 inflammatory pathways. Ustekinumab has been evaluated for the treatment of various chronic immune mediated diseases including psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Most of the data regarding the safety of ustekinumab come from the experience treating patients with psoriasis, but clinical trials have demonstrated its efficacy and safety in the treatment of both diseases. The most common adverse events observed during the clinical trials are mild in intensity, and include respiratory tract infections, nasopharyngitis, headache and injection site reactions. Throughout long-term ustekinumab treatment, serious infections or major cardiovascular adverse events occurred rarely. Areas covered: In this review we report the safety data that come from phase II and phase III clinical trials that assay the efficacy and safety of ustekinumab in PsA, including recently published data corresponding to long-term studies. Relevant references were obtained through a literature search in MEDLINE/Pubmed (search strategy: ustekinumab AND psoriatic arthritis) for articles published until November 2016, complemented by a manual search. Expert opinion: In clinical practice, ustekinumab is generally a well-tolerated treatment, and the safety profile in psoriatic arthritis is similar to that reported in plaque psoriasis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)733-742
JournalExpert Opinion on Drug Safety
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2017


  • Interleukin-12
  • interleukin-23
  • psoriatic arthritis
  • safety
  • ustekinumab


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