The VOLTAIRE-X study of a biosimilar candidate for adalimumab (Humira) for chronic plaque psoriasis has enrolled its first patient, announced Boehringer Ingelheim, the biosimilar’s developer, on July 27.

This is the first study in the United States to investigate whether a biosimilar candidate should be granted an interchangeability designation with adalimumab. The candidate, BI 695501, is up against adalimumab’s 40-mg injection.

In VOLTAIRE-X , some patients will alternate between adalimumab and BI 695501, and others will take adalimumab continuously. The study will compare the pharmacokinetics, clinical outcomes, safety, immunogenicity, and efficacy between the two groups of patients. The estimated enrollment of adult patients with moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis is 240, and the study is expected to conclude in July 2019.

A phase 3 study of BI 695501’s performance for rheumatoid arthritis patients, completed in 2016, demonstrated similar efficacy, safety, and immunogenicity.

dwatson@frontlinemedcom.com

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