Efficacy and Safety of Dupilumab in Adolescents with Uncontrolled Moderate to Severe Atopic Dermatitis: A Phase 3 Randomized Clinical Trial

Eric L. Simpson, Amy S. Paller, Elaine C. Siegfried, Mark Boguniewicz, Lawrence Sher, Melinda J. Gooderham, Lisa A. Beck, Emma Guttman-Yassky, David Pariser, Andrew Blauvelt, Jamie Weisman, Benjamin Lockshin, Thomas Hultsch, Qin Zhang, Mohamed A. Kamal, John D. Davis, Bolanle Akinlade, Heribert Staudinger, Jennifer D. Hamilton, Neil M.H. GrahamGianluca Pirozzi, Abhijit Gadkari, Laurent Eckert, Neil Stahl, George D. Yancopoulos, Marcella Ruddy, Ashish Bansal*

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Importance: Adolescents with atopic dermatitis (AD) have high disease burden negatively affecting quality of life, with limited treatment options. The efficacy and safety of dupilumab, a monoclonal antibody, approved for treatment in adolescent patients with inadequately controlled AD, remain unknown in this patient population. Objective: To assess the efficacy and safety of dupilumab monotherapy in adolescents with moderate to severe inadequately controlled AD. Design, Setting, and Participants: A randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, phase 3 clinical trial was conducted at 45 US and Canadian centers between March 21, 2017, and June 5, 2018. A total of 251 adolescents with moderate to severe AD inadequately controlled by topical medications or for whom topical therapy was inadvisable were included. Interventions: Patients were randomized (1:1:1; interactive-response system; stratified by severity and body weight) to 16-week treatment with dupilumab, 200 mg (n = 43; baseline weight <60 kg), or dupilumab, 300 mg (n = 39; baseline weight ≥60 kg), every 2 weeks; dupilumab, 300 mg, every 4 weeks (n = 84); or placebo (n = 85). Main Outcomes and Measures: Proportion of patients with 75% or more improvement from baseline in Eczema Area and Severity Index (EASI-75) (scores range from 0 to 72, with higher scores indicating greater severity) and Investigator's Global Assessment (IGA) 0 or 1 on a 5-point scale (scores range from 0 to 4, with higher scores indicating greater severity) at week 16. Results: A total of 251 patients were randomized (mean [SD] age, 14.5 [1.7] years; 148 [59.0%] male). Of 250 patients with data available on concurrent allergic conditions, most had comorbid type 2 diseases (asthma, 134 [53.6%]; food allergies, 60.8%; allergic rhinitis, 65.6%). A total of 240 patients (95.6%) completed the study. Dupilumab achieved both coprimary end points at week 16. The proportion of patients with EASI-75 improvement from baseline increased (every 2 weeks, 41.5%; every 4 weeks, 38.1%; placebo, 8.2%) with differences vs placebo of 33.2% (95% CI, 21.1%-45.4%) for every 2 weeks and 29.9% (95% CI, 17.9%-41.8%) for every 4 weeks (P <.001). Efficacy of the every-2-week regimen was generally superior to the every-4-week regimen. Patients in the dupilumab arms had higher percentage values of conjunctivitis (every 2 weeks, 9.8%; every 4 weeks, 10.8%; placebo, 4.7%) and injection-site reactions (every 2 weeks, 8.5%; every 4 weeks, 6.0%; placebo, 3.5%), and lower nonherpetic skin infections (every 2 weeks, 9.8%; every 4 weeks, 9.6%; placebo, 18.8%). Conclusions and Relevance: In this study, dupilumab significantly improved AD signs, symptoms, and quality of life in adolescents with moderate to severe AD, with an acceptable safety profile. Placebo-corrected efficacy and safety of dupilumab were similar in adolescents and adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-56
Number of pages13
JournalJAMA dermatology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2020


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Simpson, E. L., Paller, A. S., Siegfried, E. C., Boguniewicz, M., Sher, L., Gooderham, M. J., Beck, L. A., Guttman-Yassky, E., Pariser, D., Blauvelt, A., Weisman, J., Lockshin, B., Hultsch, T., Zhang, Q., Kamal, M. A., Davis, J. D., Akinlade, B., Staudinger, H., Hamilton, J. D., ... Bansal, A. (2020). Efficacy and Safety of Dupilumab in Adolescents with Uncontrolled Moderate to Severe Atopic Dermatitis: A Phase 3 Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA dermatology, 156(1), 44-56. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamadermatol.2019.3336