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Centocor and Janssen-Cilag Submit Applications Requesting Approval of Ustekinumab in the U.S. and Europe for Treatment of Moderate to Severe Plaque Psoriasis
Date:12/4/2007

Two International Phase 3 Trials Evaluated Infrequent Dosing of Ustekinumab

in Nearly 2,000 Patients

HORSHAM, Pa. and BEERSE, Belgium, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Centocor, Inc. and Janssen-Cilag International NV announced today that regulatory applications have been submitted requesting the approval of ustekinumab (CNTO 1275) in the United States and Europe for the treatment of adult patients with chronic moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. Centocor has submitted a Biologics License Application (BLA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Janssen-Cilag International NV has submitted a Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) to the European Medicines Agency (EMEA). Ustekinumab is a new, human monoclonal antibody with a novel mechanism of action that targets the cytokines interleukin-12 (IL-12) and interleukin-23 (IL-23), naturally occurring proteins that are important in regulating immune responses and that are thought to be associated with some immune-mediated inflammatory disorders, including psoriasis.

It is estimated that 125 million people worldwide have psoriasis, including two percent of both the U.S. and European populations, or some 7.5 million Americans and 10 million Europeans. Nearly one-quarter of people with psoriasis have cases that are considered moderate to severe.(1)

The submissions are based on a comprehensive development program including data from two large Phase 3 multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo- controlled trials involving nearly 2,000 patients that evaluated the safety and efficacy of ustekinumab in the treatment of moderate to severe plaque-type psoriasis. The primary endpoint of each pivotal study was the proportion of patients who achieved at least a 75 percent reduction in psoriasis as measured by the Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI 75).

"We are very encouraged by the promising results that we have seen through the ustekinumab clinical developmen
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