AAD 2019—Risankizumab superior to ustekinumab in moderate-to-severe psoriasis

  • Marielle Fares, Pharm.D.
  • Conference Reports
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  • Analysis of 2 phase 3 UltlMMa-1 and UltlMMa-2 trials shows superior efficacy of risankizumab compared with ustekinumab in patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis.

Why this matters

  • This study supports the use of risankizumab across several patient populations.

Key results

  • Risankizumab-treated patients scored significantly higher on the PASI90 and sGA 0/1 efficacy measures compared with ustekinumab (P<.001>
  • Baseline mean Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) scores and body surface involvement were similar in both patient groups.
  • At week 52, the proportion of patients achieving PASI90 and sGA 0/1 was significantly higher among patients receiving risankizumab compared with patients receiving ustekinumab.
    • PASI90 range (77.6%-85.9% in risankizumab vs 30.8%-56.3% in ustekinumab group).
    • sGA 0/1 range (79.5%-90.6% in risankizumab vs 39.4%-65.2% in ustekinumab group).
  • Results were consistent across all patient subgroups defined by baseline demographics, disease characteristics, and prior biologic response.
  • There were no new safety signals in this study, and the adverse event profile was similar in the risankizumab and ustekinumab groups.

Study design

  • 598 patients received risankizumab and 199 received ustekinumab. The amount of previous biologic therapy was similar in both groups.
  • Patients were randomly assigned 3:3:1 to receive risankizumab 150 mg, ustekinumab 45 or 90 mg, or placebo. Patients received injections at weeks 0, 4, 16, 28, and 40 (part A, weeks 0-4).
  • At week 16, placebo patients were switched to risankizumab 150 mg.
  • Patients received risankizumab or ustekinumab at weeks 16, 28, and 40 (part B, weeks 16-52).
  • Funding: AbbVie Inc.


  • None.