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CHMP Recommends Approval of New Indication for Enbrel(R) as Treatment for Severe Psoriasis in Paediatric Patients
Date:11/21/2008

ave psoriasis(2), a distressing chronic inflammatory disease. Approximately 80 per cent of these patients have plaque psoriasis, which is characterised by red, scaly patches.(3) Psoriasis can be extremely distressing, and may have a significant impact on patients' quality of life. It is a condition which is frequently physically and psychologically disabling.(4)

Currently, treatments for children and adolescents with psoriasis are mainly limited to topical medications that are applied directly to the skin. Whilst these treatments may be effective at reducing the visible skin lesions and associated symptoms, they are generally used for mild and moderate forms of paediatric psoriasis.

Enbrel is an innovative drug that works by reducing the chronic inflammation that leads to plaque psoriasis.

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"The 211 study: Enbrel(R) in children and adolescents(5)

The 48 week study involved 211 patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis aged four to 17 years. During the first 12 weeks of the trial, patients received once weekly injections of either placebo or 0.8 mg of Enbrel per kilogram of body weight up to a maximum of 50 mg. For the next 24 consecutive weeks, all patients went on to receive Enbrel. The 138 patients still participating at week 36 were then re-randomised to receive either placebo or Enbrel in order to investigate whether stopping treatment would lead to any rebound.

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