B Heschl

Medical University of Graz, Gratz, Styria, Austria

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Publications (2)7.1 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Objective To compare the clinical efficacy of methotrexate (MTX) vs. fumaric acid esters (FAE) in psoriasis treated under daily life conditions. Methods Data were extracted from a registry (http://www.psoriasisregistry.at) of 272 adult patients with moderate-to-severe chronic plaque psoriasis treated primarily with MTX (n = 72) or FAE (n = 200) between 2004 and 2011. Data from all patients, including those who did not complete at least 3 months of monotherapy, were included in an intention-to-treat (ITT) worst-case analysis. Results Thirty of 72 (41.7%) patients treated with MTX and 85 of 200 (42.5%) patients treated with FAE discontinued early, mainly due to side-effects or lack of response. Among patients who completed at least 3 months of treatment, the response to primary treatment with MTX vs. FAE did not differ significantly at any time point. In the ITT worst-case analysis at month 3, complete remission rate, PASI90, PASI75 and PASI50 rates were 6%, 7%, 24% and 39% in MTX-treated patients vs. 1%, 5%, 27% and 44% in FAE-treated patients. Overall mean PASI reduction score improved significantly in response to primary MTX and FAE treatment (by 10.6% and 12.6%, respectively) between 3 and 6 months (P = 0.0005; exact Wilcoxon test), but not between 6 and 12 months (P = 0.16). A subset of 32 patients who did not respond satisfactorily to primary treatment with FAE responded better to subsequent MTX therapy (P < 0.0001; paired Wilcoxon test). Conclusions As shown by retrospective analysis, the primary efficacy of FAE was similar to that of MTX under daily life conditions.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2012 · Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
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    ABSTRACT: Few studies have directly compared the clinical efficacy of psoralen plus ultraviolet A (PUVA) vs. biologics in the treatment of psoriasis. To compare the clinical efficacy of PUVA and biologic therapies for psoriasis under daily life conditions. Data from a psoriasis registry (http://www.psoriasis-therapieregister.at) of 172 adult patients with moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis treated between 2003 and 2010 were analysed retrospectively. These patients had received oral PUVA [118 treatment courses including 5-methoxypsoralen (5-MOP; n = 32) and 8-methoxypsoralen (8-MOP; n = 86)] and/or biologic agents [130 treatment courses including adalimumab (n = 18), alefacept (n = 32), efalizumab (n = 17), etanercept (n = 38), infliximab (n = 7) and ustekinumab (n = 18)]. Treatment responses were analysed in terms of Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) improvement, including complete remission (CR) and reduction of PASI by at least 90% (PASI 90) or 75% (PASI 75), at treatment completion for PUVA (median time 10·3 and 9·2 weeks, for 8-MOP and 5-MOP, respectively) and at week 12 for biologics. Intention-to-treat-as observed CR, PASI 90 and PASI 75 rate was 22%, 69% and 86% for PUVA compared with 6%, 22% and 56% for adalimumab (P = 0·0034 by adapted Wilcoxon test), 3%, 3% and 25% for alefacept (P = 0·000000002), 6%, 6% and 59% for efalizumab (P = 0·000053), 6%, 29% and 39% for etanercept (P = 0·0000086), 29%, 71% and 100% for infliximab (P = 0·36) and 6%, 39% and 67% for ustekinumab (P = 0·028). When applying a more conservative post-hoc modified worst-case scenario analysis, with CR of 15%, PASI 90 of 58% and PASI 75 of 69%, PUVA was superior only to alefacept (P = 0·000013), efalizumab (P = 0·015) and etanercept (P = 0·0037). There were no statistically significant differences in PASI reduction rates between PUVA and infliximab. Retrospective analysis of registry data revealed that the primary efficacy of PUVA was superior to that of certain biologics. Prospective head-to-head studies of PUVA and biologics are warranted to confirm these observations.
    No preview · Article · May 2011 · British Journal of Dermatology

Publication Stats

34 Citations
7.10 Total Impact Points


  • 2011-2012
    • Medical University of Graz
      • Universitätsklinik für Dermatologie und Venerologie
      Gratz, Styria, Austria