A phase 3 trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of secukinumab in patients with non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA) met its 16-week primary end point, according to Novartis. 

The PREVENT trial is an ongoing 2-year placebo-controlled study that enrolled patients with active nr-axSpA who had been on at least 2 different nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs with an inadequate response (N=555). Patients were randomized to receive secukinumab 150mg subcutaneously (SC) monthly with a loading dose (secukinumab 150mg weekly for 4 weeks), secukinumab 150mg SC monthly with no loading dose, or placebo. 

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The primary end point of the study was the proportion of patients achieving ASAS40, an Assessment of SpondyloArthritis International Society criteria response defined as an improvement of ≥40% and ≥2 units on a scale of 10 in at least 3 of the 4 ASAS main domains and no worsening at all in the remaining domain at weeks 16 and 52. 

Results showed that at week 16, treatment with secukinumab led to a significant and clinically meaningful reduction in disease activity, compared with placebo; 52-week data to support FDA submission for this indication is expected later this year, according to the Company. With regard to safety, a favorable profile was observed and consistent with previous clinical trials of secukinumab. 

Secukinumab (Cosentyx), an interleukin-17A antagonist, is currently approved for the treatment of active psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, as well as for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. 

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