Adalimumab for the Treatment of Adults with Psoriasis (TA146)

Technology Appraisal Guidance No. 146

Source: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

1. Guidance

1.1 Adalimumab is recommended as a treatment option for adults with plaque psoriasis for whom anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF) treatment is being considered and when the following criteria are both met.

  • The disease is severe as defined by a total Psoriasis Area Severity Index (PASI) of 10 or more and a Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) of more than 10.
  • The psoriasis has not responded to standard systemic therapies including ciclosporin, methotrexate and PUVA (psoralen and long-wave ultraviolet radiation); or the person is intolerant of, or has a contraindication to, these treatments.

1.2 Adalimumab should be discontinued in people whose psoriasis has not responded adequately at 16 weeks. An adequate response is defined as either

  • a 75% reduction in the PASI score (PASI 75) from when treatment started, or
  • a 50% reduction in the PASI score (PASI 50) and a five-point reduction in DLQI from start of treatment

1.3 When using the DLQI, healthcare professionals should ensure that when reaching conclusions on the severity of plaque psoriasis they take into account a person’s disabilities (such as physical impairments) and linguistic or other communication difficulties. In such cases, healthcare professionals should ensure that their use of the DLQI continues to be a sufficiently accurate measure. The same approach should apply in the context of a decision about whether to continue the use of adalimumab in accordance with section 1.2.

The guidance shown above constitutes Section 1 of the full document. A copy of the full document and a summary of the evidence is available on the Internet at

An abridged version of this guidance (a 'quick reference guide') is also available. Printed copies of the quick reference guide can be obtained by contacting 0845 003 7783 or emailing and quoting reference number N1610. It is also available on the Internet at

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.

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

Adalimumab for the Treatment of Adults with Psoriasis.
Issue Date: June 2008
Review Date: July 2008

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