Biologics for chronic plaque psoriasis

Researchers have investigated biologics for chronic plaque psoriasis and major adverse cardiovascular events (MACEs)

The researchers selected 22 randomised, controlled, double-blind monotherapy studies of IL-12/23 antibodies and anti-TNF-alpha agents in adults. Analysis of patients on anti-IL12/23 revealed that 10 out of 3,179 experienced a MACE, compared with none of the 1,474 patients on placebo. One of the 3,858 patients on anti-TNF-alpha agents experienced a MACE, compared with one of the 1,812 patients on placebo. The authors conclude there was no significant difference in the rate of MACEs in patients treated with biologics compared with placebo.
Ryan C, Leonardi CL, James G et al. JAMA 2011; 306: 864-71

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