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Phase 3 Data Show New Anti-TNF, Golimumab, Significantly Improved Arthritis, Skin and Nail Manifestations in Patients with Psoriatic Arthritis
Date:11/7/2007

mprovement of 0.31 and patients receiving golimumab 100 mg experienced a mean improvement of 0.38 in HAQ score, compared with an improvement of only 0.04 among placebo patients (P < 0.001). At week 24, the improvements were 0.33 and 0.39 in the respective treatment groups, compared with worsening in HAQ score of -0.01 among patients receiving placebo (P < 0.001). HAQ assesses the degree of difficulty a patient has in accomplishing tasks in eight functional areas (dressing, arising, eating, walking, hygiene, reaching, gripping and other activities of daily living). An improvement in HAQ of at least 0.3 indicates clinically meaningful improvement in physical function.

About the GO-REVEAL Trial

The Golimumab -- A Randomized Evaluation of Safety and Efficacy in Subjects with Psoriatic Arthritis Using a Human Anti-TNF Monoclonal Antibody (GO-REVEAL) trial involved 405 adults with psoriatic arthritis. Subjects with at least three swollen and tender joints and active psoriatic skin lesions of at least 2 cm in diameter were randomly assigned to receive SC injections of placebo or golimumab (50 or 100 mg) at weeks 0, 4, 8, 12, 16 and 20. At week 16, patients with inadequate arthritis response were switched to golimumab 50 mg (patients originally receiving placebo) or golimumab 100 mg (patients originally receiving golimumab 50 mg). The primary endpoint was ACR 20 response at week 14 for combined golimumab groups and individual golimumab dose groups versus placebo.

Through week 24, the placebo-controlled portion of the study, golimumab was generally well-tolerated, with two percent of golimumab-treated patients experiencing serious adverse events compared with six percent of patients in the placebo group. Injection site reactions occurred in five percent of patients receiving golimumab and three percent of patients receiving placebo. One case of prostate cancer and two cases of basal cell carcinoma were reported in golimumab-treated patients. There were no r
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