A novel, fixed-dose calcipotriol and betamethasone dipropionate cream for the topical treatment of plaque psoriasis: Direct and indirect evidence from phase 3 trials discussed at the 30th EADV Congress 2021

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Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology : JEADV


Four posters about the novel, fixed-dose calcipotriol and betamethasone dipropionate cream (CAL/BDP cream) based on Poly-Aphron Dispersion (PAD) Technology were presented at the 30(th) European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) Congress 2021 and are summarized here. CAL/BDP cream was compared in two randomized, phase 3 trials to vehicle and active comparator (CAL/BDP gel/topical suspension [TS]) in adults with plaque psoriasis (NCT03802344 and NCT03308799). Pooled data from both trials demonstrated significant greater efficacy in favour of CAL/BDP cream for all efficacy endpoints, including PGA treatment success, mPASI, and mPASI75 compared to CAL/BDP gel/TS. CAL/BDP cream was well tolerated and comparable to CAL/BDP gel/TS with no adverse drug reactions with a frequency >1%. In the NCT03308799 study, CAL/BDP cream demonstrated a substantial improvement in the proportion of participants achieving a minimum 4-point improvement on the peak pruritus numeric rating scale (NRS) score compared with vehicle at Weeks 1, 4 and 8. CAL/BDP cream also improved quality of life (QoL), as assessed through the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI), and the EQ-VAS at Week 8 compared with active comparator. Treatment convenience of CAL/BDP cream, as measured by the Psoriasis Treatment Convenience Scale, was superior to CAL/BDP gel/TS at all studied timepoints, including questions addressing formulation's greasiness and overall treatment satisfaction. Finally, an indirect comparison following the Bucher's method of adjusted indirect comparison and the difference-in-differences method was conducted to compare CAL/BDP cream and CAL/BDP foam, as both therapies have been compared to CAL/BDP gel/TS. Indirect evidence showed that treatment with CAL/BDP cream was associated with a trend for greater QoL improvement than CAL/BDP foam when DLQI improvement was assessed at the recommended treatment duration of 8 weeks for CAL/BDP cream and 4 weeks for CAL/BDP foam. CAL/BDP cream was statistically superior versus CAL/BDP foam in four out of five treatment satisfaction domains.

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Adult; Humans; Betamethasone; Clinical Trials, Phase III as Topic; Dermatologic Agents; Drug Combinations; Emollients; Psoriasis; Quality of Life; Treatment Outcome; Venereology; Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic

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37 Suppl 1

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