Treating to Target(s) With Interleukin-17 Inhibitors

J Cutan Med Surg. 2019 Mar/Apr;23(2_suppl):3S-34S. doi: 10.1177/1203475418824565. Epub 2019 Feb 11.


Background:: The treat-to-target (T2T) strategy has become established in several medical specialties as a key guidance to optimal therapeutic decision making. T2T may be effective in the assessment of the biologic class of agents called interleukin (IL)-17 inhibitors, which are emerging as a safe and effective treatment option for autoimmune inflammatory conditions such as plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis (PsA), and ankylosing spondylitis (AS).

Objective:: The objective of this article is to use a T2T approach for the evaluation of the effectiveness and safety of IL-17 inhibitors in the management of patients with plaque psoriasis, PsA, and AS.

Methods:: Following a comprehensive literature search, a full-day meeting was convened to discuss and identify the T2T targets for psoriasis, PsA, and AS. Clinical trial evidence was presented for the approved IL-17 inhibitors-secukinumab, ixekizumab, and brodalumab-to assess whether these data meet T2T safety and efficacy targets.

Results:: All 3 approved agents were significantly superior to placebo and active controls in the achievement of T2T targets for psoriasis. Secukinumab and ixekizumab were likewise associated with significantly better outcomes than controls in the PsA targets, and secukinumab resulted in significant AS target improvements vs placebo. The IL-17 inhibitors were also associated with low rates of serious adverse events and exacerbations of common comorbid conditions.

Conclusion:: Phase III trial results support the T2T benefit and safety of IL-17 inhibitors according to their specific indications for the management of patients with plaque psoriasis, PsA, and AS.

Keywords: ankylosing spondylitis; psoriasis; psoriatic arthritis; treat to target.

Publication types

  • Consensus Development Conference
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / therapeutic use
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized / therapeutic use
  • Arthritis, Psoriatic / drug therapy
  • Arthritis, Psoriatic / metabolism
  • Dermatologic Agents / adverse effects
  • Dermatologic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Interleukin-17 / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • Interleukin-17 / metabolism
  • Psoriasis / drug therapy*
  • Psoriasis / metabolism
  • Spondylitis, Ankylosing / drug therapy*
  • Spondylitis, Ankylosing / metabolism


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized
  • Dermatologic Agents
  • Interleukin-17
  • bimekizumab
  • brodalumab
  • ixekizumab
  • secukinumab