Mumbai: Novartis has announced the new long-term Scapho (secukinumab) data for patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS). This study is unique as these data show, for the first time with any biologic, that almost 80 percent of AS patients treated with Scapho have no radiographic progression (mSASSS <2) of the spine at 4 years.
The new data also confirm sustained improvement in signs and symptoms in almost 80 percent of patients, while Scapho delivers a favorable and consistent safety profile. The new data was presented as a late-breaker during the 2017 American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ACR/ARHP) Annual Meeting in San Diego, United States.
“Staying true to our philosophy of Winning for Patients, these data now give us an opportunity to fulfil the unmet needs of people suffering with ankylosing spondylitis. Chronic and disabling conditions such as these impact the productive years of people. With Scapho we are now even more confident of offering patients an active life with enhanced mobility,” said Jawed Zia, Country President, Novartis India.
Scapho, the only IL-17A inhibitor approved for AS, is a fully human, highly targeted biologic for first-line use in this chronic inflammatory disease that can lead to mobility loss.