Rungapiromnan, W, Mason, KJ, Lunt, M, McElhone, K, Rutter, MK, Warren, RB, Griffiths, CEM, Ashcroft, DM and Grp, BADBIRS (2019) Risk of major cardiovascular events in adult patients with psoriasis treated with biologic therapies or methotrexate: Cohort study in the British Association of Dermatologists Biologic Interventions Register (BADBIR). Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, 27. 467 - 467. ISSN 1053-8569

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The cardiovascular safety profile of biologic therapies used for psoriasis is unclear.

To compare the risk of major cardiovascular events (CVE s; acute coronary syndrome, unstable angina, myocardial infarction and stroke) in patients with chronic plaque psoriasis treated with adalimumab, etanercept or ustekinumab in a large prospective cohort.

Prospective cohort study examining the comparative risk of major CVE s was conducted using the British Association of Dermatologists Biologics and Immunomodulators Register. The main analysis compared adults with chronic plaque psoriasis receiving ustekinumab with tumour necrosis‐α inhibitors (TNF i: etanercept and adalimumab), whilst the secondary analyses compared ustekinumab, etanercept or methotrexate against adalimumab. Hazard ratios (HR s) with 95% confidence intervals (CI s) were calculated using overlap weights by propensity score to balance baseline covariates among comparison groups.

We included 5468 biologic‐naïve patients subsequently exposed (951 ustekinumab; 1313 etanercept; and 3204 adalimumab) in the main analysis. The secondary analyses also included 2189 patients receiving methotrexate. The median (p25–p75) follow‐up times for patients using ustekinumab, TNF i, adalimumab, etanercept and methotrexate were as follows: 2.01 (1.16–3.21), 1.93 (1.05–3.34), 1.94 (1.09–3.32), 1.92 (0.93–3.45) and 1.43 (0.84–2.53) years, respectively. Ustekinumab, TNF i, adalimumab, etanercept and methotrexate groups had 7, 29, 23, 6 and 9 patients experiencing major CVE s, respectively. No differences in the risk of major CVE s were observed between biologic therapies [adjusted HR for ustekinumab vs. TNF i: 0.96 (95% CI 0.41–2.22); ustekinumab vs. adalimumab: 0.81 (0.30–2.17); etanercept vs. adalimumab: 0.81 (0.28–2.30)] and methotrexate against adalimumab [1.05 (0.34–3.28)].

In this large prospective cohort study, we found no significant differences in the risk of major CVE s between three different biologic therapies and methotrexate. Additional studies, with longer term follow‐up, are needed to investigate the potential effects of biologic therapies on incidence of major CVE s.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 The Authors. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC666 Diseases of the circulatory (Cardiovascular) system
R Medicine > RL Dermatology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2020 13:30
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2020 13:30

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