FDA approves patient-controlled injector for guselkumab


The Food and Drug Administration has approved Tremfya (guselkumab) One-Press, a single-dose, patient-controlled injector, for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in adults, the manufacturer announced.

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FDA approval is based on results from the phase 3, multicenter, randomized ORION trial, according to a press release issued by Janssen. In a Self-Injection Assessment Questionnaire, patients who received the One-Press injection rated their satisfaction with self-injection a mean score of 9.18 (0 indicated least satisfaction, 10 indicated highest satisfaction) and rated ease of use at 9.24 (10 indicated “very easy”).

In addition, 81% of patients who received One-Press achieved a Investigator’s Global Assessment score of 0 or 1, and 76% achieved a Psoriasis Area Severity Index (PASI) 90 response after 16 weeks; no patients who received the placebo achieved either.

The most common adverse event during the ORION study was injection-site reaction; the most common adverse events associated with guselkumab, an interleukin-23 blocker, include upper respiratory infections, headache, injection-site reactions, joint pain, diarrhea, gastroenteritis, fungal skin infections, and herpes simplex infections.

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