Certolizumab Pegol and Secukinumab for Treating Active Psoriatic Arthritis after Inadequate Response to DMARDS (TA445)

Technology Appraisal Guidance No. 445

Source: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

1. Guidance

1.1 Certolizumab pegol alone, or in combination with methotrexate, is recommended as an option for treating active psoriatic arthritis in adults only if:

Certolizumab pegol is only recommended if the company provides it as agreed in the patient access scheme.


1.2 Secukinumab alone, or in combination with methotrexate, is recommended as an option for treating active psoriatic arthritis in adults only if:

Secukinumab is only recommended if the company provides it as agreed in the patient access scheme.


1.3 Assess the response to certolizumab pegol and secukinumab after 12 weeks and 16 weeks of treatment respectively. Only continue treatment if there is clear evidence of response, defined as an improvement in at least 2 of the 4 Psoriatic Arthritis Response Criteria (PsARC), 1 of which must be joint tenderness or swelling score, with no worsening in any of the 4 criteria. People whose disease has a Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) 75 response but whose PsARC response does not justify continuing treatment should be assessed by a dermatologist, to determine whether continuing treatment is appropriate based on skin response (as described in the NICE technology appraisal guidance on etanercept, infliximab and adalimumab for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis, recommendation 1.3).


1.4 When using the PsARC healthcare professionals should take into account any physical, sensory or learning disabilities or communication difficulties that could affect a person's responses to components of the PsARC and make any adjustments they consider appropriate.


1.5 This guidance is not intended to affect the position of patients whose treatment with certolizumab pegol and secukinumab was started within the NHS before this guidance was published. Treatment of those patients may continue without change to whatever funding arrangements were in place for them before this guidance was published until they and their NHS clinician consider it appropriate to stop.


A copy of the full document and background is available on the Internet at http://guidance.nice.org.uk/TA445

This guidance represents the view of the Institute which was arrived at after careful consideration of the available evidence. Health professionals are expected to fully take it into account when exercising their clinical judgement. This guidance does not, however, override the individual responsibility of health professionals to make appropriate decisions in the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or guardian or carer.

© Copyright National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. All rights reserved. This material may be freely reproduced for educational and not for profit purposes within the NHS. No reproduction by or for commercial organisations is permitted without the express written permission of the Institute.

Enquiries concerning the guidance should be addressed to: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, MidCity Place, 71 High Holborn, London WC1V 6NA. email: nice@nice.org.uk

Certolizumab pegol and secukinumab for treating active psoriatic arthritis after inadequate response to DMARDs.
Issue Date: May 2017


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