NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., Aug. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) today announced that SKYRIZI® (risankizumab-rzaa), an interleukin-23 (IL-23) inhibitor, is now available in the U.S. as a single-dose 150 mg injection for the treatment of adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. Previously two 75 mg injections per dose, SKYRIZI 150 mg is now administered with one injection per dose – via either a prefilled pen or syringe – every 12 weeks following two starter doses.1
The new SKYRIZI 150 mg pen incorporates wide grip handles, audible cues to help guide the administration process and an indicator to signal when administration is complete.
"We know many people living with psoriasis are looking for flexibility in how they manage their disease," said Patrick Horber, President, U.S. Immunology, AbbVie. "That's why we're proud to provide an updated SKYRIZI treatment experience that allows for fewer injections of the same SKYRIZI that patients and providers have come to know and trust."
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved SKYRIZI 150 mg in April based on data from three clinical trials showing the single-dose SKYRIZI 150 mg injection was bioequivalent, working the same as two injections of SKYRIZI 75 mg per dose with a consistent efficacy and safety profile.
"Helping my psoriasis patients find an ideal treatment option for them requires not only assessment of the plaques on their skin, but consideration of a treatment experience that fits their lifestyle," said Lindsay Ackerman, M.D., board-certified dermatologist and founder of Medical Dermatology Specialists in Phoenix, AZ. "The single-dose injection options for SKYRIZI 150 mg allow for a maintenance treatment plan of only four injections per year and are a welcome addition to the psoriasis treatment mix."
SKYRIZI is part of a collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim, with AbbVie leading development and commercialization of SKYRIZI globally.
Psoriasis is a chronic, immune-mediated, inflammatory skin condition that produces thickened, scaling skin due to rapid growth of skin cells.2 It affects an estimated 7.5 million people in the U.S.,3 with approximately 80-90 percent having plaque psoriasis.2 People with psoriasis also experience a significant emotional, psychological and social burden that can negatively impact their quality of life.4
About SKYRIZI® (risankizumab-rzaa) in the United States1
SKYRIZI is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in adults who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy.
Important Safety Information1
What is the most important information I should know about SKYRIZI® (risankizumab-rzaa)?
SKYRIZI may cause serious side effects, including infections. SKYRIZI is a prescription medicine that may lower the ability of your immune system to fight infections and may increase your risk of infections. Your healthcare provider should check you for infections and tuberculosis (TB) before starting treatment with SKYRIZI and may treat you for TB before you begin treatment with SKYRIZI if you have a history of TB or have active TB. Your healthcare provider should watch you closely for signs and symptoms of TB during and after treatment with SKYRIZI.
- Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have an infection or have symptoms of an infection, including:
- fever, sweats, or chills
- muscle aches
- weight loss
- warm, red, or painful skin or sores on your body different from your psoriasis
- diarrhea or stomach pain
- shortness of breath
- blood in your mucus (phlegm)
- burning when you urinate or urinating more often than normal
Before using SKYRIZI, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
- have any of the conditions or symptoms listed in the section "What is the most important information I should know about SKYRIZI?"
- have an infection that does not go away or that keeps coming back.
- have TB or have been in close contact with someone with TB.
- have recently received or are scheduled to receive an immunization (vaccine). Medications that interact with the immune system may increase your risk of getting an infection after receiving live vaccines. You should avoid receiving live vaccines right before, during, or right after treatment with SKYRIZI. Tell your healthcare provider that you are taking SKYRIZI before receiving a vaccine.
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if SKYRIZI can harm your unborn baby.
- are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if SKYRIZI passes into your breast milk.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
What are the possible side effects of SKYRIZI?
SKYRIZI may cause serious side effects. See "What is the most important information I should know about SKYRIZI?"
The most common side effects of SKYRIZI include upper respiratory infections, feeling tired, fungal skin infections, headache, and injection site reactions.
These are not all the possible side effects of SKYRIZI. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Use SKYRIZI exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to use it.
SKYRIZI is available in a 150 mg/mL prefilled syringe and pen.
This is not a complete summary of all safety information.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit http://www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
If you are having difficulty paying for your medicine, AbbVie may be able to help. Visit AbbVie.com/myAbbVieAssist to learn more.
Please click here for Full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide for SKYRIZI.
Globally, prescribing information varies; refer to the individual country product label for complete information.
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- SKYRIZI (risankizumab) [Package Insert]. North Chicago, Ill.: AbbVie Inc.
- AAD. Psoriasis: Overview. https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/psoriasis/what/overview. Accessed July 26, 2021.
- National Psoriasis Foundation. About Psoriasis. https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/. Accessed July 26, 2021.
- National Psoriasis Foundation. Statistics. https://www.psoriasis.org/content/statistics. Accessed July 26, 2021.