Dupilumab shows long-term safety and efficacy in patients with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis enrolled in a phase 3 open-label extension study

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2020 Feb;82(2):377-388. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2019.07.074. Epub 2019 Jul 30.


Background: Significant unmet need exists for long-term treatment of moderate to severe atopic dermatitis (AD).

Objective: To assess the long-term safety and efficacy of dupilumab in patients with AD.

Methods: This ongoing, multicenter, open-label extension study (NCT01949311) evaluated long-term dupilumab treatment in adults who had previously participated in phase 1 through 3 clinical trials of dupilumab for AD. This analysis examined patients given 300 mg dupilumab weekly for up to 76 weeks at data cutoff (April 2016). Safety was the primary outcome; efficacy was also evaluated.

Results: Of 1491 enrolled patients (1042.9 patient-years), 92.9% were receiving treatment at cutoff. The safety profile was consistent with previously reported trials (420.4 adverse events/100 patient-years and 8.5 serious adverse events/100 patient-years), with no new safety signals; common adverse events included nasopharyngitis, conjunctivitis, and injection-site reactions. Sustained improvement was seen up to 76 weeks in all efficacy outcomes, including measures of skin inflammation, pruritus, and quality of life.

Limitations: Lack of control arm, limited number of patients with 76 weeks or longer of treatment (median follow-up, 24 weeks), and patients not receiving the approved dose regimen of 300 mg every 2 weeks.

Conclusion: The safety and efficacy profile from this study supports the role of dupilumab as continuous long-term treatment for patients with moderate to severe AD.

Keywords: IL-13; IL-4; atopic dermatitis; biologic therapy; dupilumab; efficacy; long-term; monoclonal antibody; open label; quality of life; safety.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial, Phase III
  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized / adverse effects
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized / therapeutic use*
  • Cohort Studies
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / drug therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized
  • dupilumab