Xeljanz®receives marketing authorisation in the EU for psoriatic arthritis

Pfizer has announced the European Commission (EC) has approved XELJANZ® (tofacitinib citrate) 5 mg twice daily (BID) in combination with methotrexate (MTX) for the treatment of active psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in adult patients who have had an inadequate response or who have been intolerant to a prior disease modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) therapy. XELJANZ is the first and only oral Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor to be approved in the EU for the treatment of adults with active PsA.

The EC approval was based on a submission package that included data from the Phase 3 Oral Psoriatic Arthritis Trials (OPAL) clinical development program in PsA, which consisted of two pivotal studies, OPAL Broaden and OPAL Beyond, as well as available data from an ongoing long-term extension trial, OPAL Balance.

Angela Lukin, Regional President, Inflammation and Immunology, Pfizer, said “People living with psoriatic arthritis may experience a variety of symptoms, making the condition particularly difficult to diagnose and treat… We are proud that we are now able to offer XELJANZ as an option to adult patients living with active psoriatic arthritis.”

Frank Behrens, Goethe University and Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME, Frankfurt, Germany, said. “Psoriatic arthritis, a chronic inflammatory condition which affects more than three million people in Europe, causes joint pain and swelling that can eventually lead to permanent joint damage if not diagnosed and treated early… This approval for XELJANZ is an important milestone for the psoriatic arthritis community, who are in need of an additional oral treatment option to help manage their condition.”