Treatment of plaque psoriasis with deucravacitinib (POETYK PSO-2 study): a plain language summary

Bruce Strober, Diamant Thaçi, Howard Sofen, Leon Kircik, Kenneth B. Gordon, Peter Foley, Phoebe Rich, Carle Paul, Jerry Bagel, Elizabeth Colston, John Throup, Sudeep Kundu, Chitra Sekaran, Misti Linaberry, Subhashis Banerjee, Kim A. Papp

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What is this summary about? This is a summary of a paper published in a medical journal that describes the results of a study called POETYK PSO-2, which investigated a new treatment for plaque psoriasis. Plaque psoriasis appears on the body as dry, discolored, patches of skin that can be flaky and covered in scales. This can make the skin itch, crack or bleed and make it difficult for people with psoriasis to perform basic everyday tasks. Treatments are available, but some do not always reduce symptoms or may need to be injected or taken multiple times a day, which can be difficult to do, or can have undesirable side effects. Researchers are looking for new treatments for psoriasis. What happened in the study? Deucravacitinib is a once-daily pill taken by mouth (orally) that was studied as a treatment for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in two large studies conducted globally, PSO-1 and PSO-2. POETYK PSO-2 was a Phase 3 research study, which is a study that tests a treatment in a large group of participants, that looked at how well deucravacitinib worked in participants with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis compared to a placebo (an inactive pill that has no effect) and an approved psoriasis treatment called apremilast, which is a pill taken twice a day. These medications were tested in adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, which is psoriasis involving 10% or more of their body (equal to 10 or more handprints). The aims of the POETYK PSO-2 study were to find out if treatment with deucravacitinib could improve psoriasis for the participants in the study and to see if there were any side effects. Side effects are events that happened during treatment that may or may not be caused by that treatment. The study also wanted to find out what would happen after stopping treatment with deucravacitinib in participants who had shown major improvements in their psoriasis. What do the results of the POETYK PSO-2 study show? After 4 months of treatment, more participants taking deucravacitinib had significantly greater improvements in psoriasis than those taking placebo or apremilast. The study also showed that participants continued to see these improvements after taking deucravacitinib for up to 1 year. Some participants maintained the improvements in their psoriasis with deucravacitinib after stopping treatment and switching to a placebo. Side effects for participants taking deucravacitinib were generally mild and occurred in similar numbers to those in participants taking placebo. The most common side effects in participants taking deucravacitinib were inflammation of the nose and throat (a common cold) which occurred at a similar rate in participants who took placebo.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)787-797
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 01.08.2023

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Infection and Inflammation Research (ZIEL)
  • Centers: Center for Research on Inflammation of the Skin (CRIS)

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 205-19 Dermatology

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