Dupilumab Provides Acceptable Safety and Sustained Efficacy for up to 4 Years in an Open-Label Study of Adults with Moderate-to-Severe Atopic Dermatitis

Lisa A. Beck, Mette Deleuran, Robert Bissonnette, Marjolein de Bruin-Weller, Ryszard Galus, Takeshi Nakahara, Seong Jun Seo, Faisal A. Khokhar, Jignesh Vakil, Jing Xiao, Ainara Rodriguez Marco, Noah A. Levit, John T. O’Malley, Arsalan Shabbir

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Background: Moderate‐to‐severe atopic dermatitis (AD) often requires long-term management with systemic therapies. Objective: Our objective was to report the safety and efficacy of dupilumab treatment up to 4 years in adults with moderate-to-severe AD and efficacy in a subgroup of patients who transitioned from dupilumab once-weekly (qw) to administration every other week (q2w). Methods: This interim analysis of the open-label extension study (NCT01949311) evaluated dupilumab 300 mg qw or q2w in adults previously enrolled in dupilumab trials for moderate-to-severe AD. Patients switched from qw to q2w following protocol amendment. The primary outcome was safety; efficacy was also assessed. Results: Of 2677 patients enrolled and treated, 352 (13.1%) completed week 204 (end of efficacy assessments) and 202 (7.5%) completed safety follow-up through week 244. Self-reported compliance was 98.1%. Dupilumab’s safety profile was consistent with previous reports. Common treatment-emergent adverse events (≥5%) included nasopharyngitis, AD, upper respiratory tract infection, oral herpes, conjunctivitis, injection-site reaction, and headache. At week 204, mean ± standard deviation (SD) Eczema Area and Severity Index was 2.46 ± 3.98, and mean percent change from parent study baseline (PSBL) was −91.07%; mean ± SD Pruritus Numerical Rating Scale score was 2.10 ± 1.83, and mean percent change from PSBL was −68.74%. Efficacy was maintained in patients (n = 226) who transitioned from qw to q2w dosing. Limitations of this study included its open-label design, the lack of control arm, and smaller subsets of patients at later timepoints and receiving the approved q2w regimen. Conclusion: These results support dupilumab as continuous long-term treatment for adults with moderate-to-severe AD; efficacy was sustained following transition from qw to q2w dosing. Trial Registration ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT01949311.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-408
Number of pages16
JournalAmerican Journal of Clinical Dermatology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology


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