Crutchfield Dermatology

Biologic Medication Information

Medication: Dosing: Device Type: Lab Work: Indication: Contraindication: Immunization: Mechanism of action: Black box warning:
Enbrel 50mg (etanercept) Initial: Inject 50mg SQ twice weekly x 3 months on the same day.
Maint: Starting month 4, then inject 50mg SQ once weekly on the same day.
Sureclick (Pen), Pre-filled syringe or Vial TB (Mantoux) prior and every year while on Enbrel Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Use of Enbrel with Anakinra or Abatacept is not recommended these are both immunosuppressant drugs. Use of Enbrel with Anakinra or Abatacept is not recommended these are both immunosuppressant drugs. Etanercept is adimeric soluble form of the p75 TNF receptor that can bind TNF molecules. Etanercept inhibits binding of TNF-? and TNF-? (lymphotoxin alpha [LT-?]) to cell surface TNFRs, rendering TNF biologically inactive. Serious infections and Malignancy (see full prescribing for complete boxed warning)
Enbrel 25mg (etanercept)
PEDIATRIC DOSING (4-7 years old) (etanercept)

*Recommended weekly dose 0.8mg/kg up to a maximum dose of 50mg every week.

-0.8mg/kg (0.36mg/lb) for pediatric patients who weight <138lb (63kg)

-50mg for pediatric patients who weight >135 lbs (63kg)

Convert pounds to Kilograms for accurate dosing

Ex: lbs x 0.4536= kg

Less than 68lb (25mg)

68lb to <138lbs: (25mg)

>138lbs: (25mg, 50mg)

Multiple-Use Vial, Prefilled Syringe And SureClick Autoinjector TB (Mantoux) prior and every year while on Enbrel Chronic Moderate to severe Plaque Psoriasis The use of Enbrel in patient's receiving concurrent cyclophosphamide therapy is not recommended. The risk of serious infection may increase with concomitant us if abatacept. Concurrent therapy with Enbrel and anakinra is not recommended. Hypoglycemia has been reported followings initiation of Enbrel therapy in patients receiving medications fir diabetes, necessitating a reduction in anti-diabetes in some pt. Use of Enbrel with Anakinra or Abatacept is not recommended these are both immunosuppressant drugs Etanercept is adimeric soluble form of the p75 TNF receptor that can bind TNF molecules. Etanercept inhibits binding of TNF-? and TNF-? (lymphotoxin alpha [LT-?]) to cell surface TNFRs, rendering TNF biologically inactive. Serious infections and Malignancy (see full prescribing for complete boxed warning)
Humira 40mg/0.8ml (adalimumab) Initial: Inject 80mg (2pens) SQ on Day 1, then inject 40mg (1pen) SQ on Day 8,
Maint: Then Inject 40mg SQ every other week on the same day.
Auto-injector (pen), or Prefilled syringe TB (mantoux) prior to starting and every year while on Humira Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis None No live vaccines, Make sure pt is up-to-date on all immunizations prior to starting Humira Adalimumab binds specifically to TNF-alpha and blocks its interaction with the p55 and p75 cell surface TNF receptors Serious infections and Malignancy (see full prescribing for complete boxed warning)
Humira 40mg/0.8ml (adalimumab) Initial: Inject 160mg (4 pens) SQ on day 1, then inject 80mg (2pens) SQ on Day 15,
Maint: Day 29 Inject 40mg SQ once weekly on the same day and thereafter.
Auto-injector (pen), or Prefilled syringe TB (mantoux) prior to starting and every year while on Humira Hidradenitis Suppurativa None No live vaccines, Make sure pt is up-to-date on all immunizations prior to starting Humira Adalimumab binds specifically to TNF-alpha and blocks its interaction with the p55 and p75 cell surface TNF receptors Serious infections and Malignancy (see full prescribing for complete boxed warning)
Stelara 45mg (ustekinumab) (Less than 200 lbs)
Initial: Inject 45mg SQ on Day 0, and then inject 45mg SQ on Day 28.
Maint: then inject 45 mg once every 12 weeks.
Prefilled Syringe TB (mantoux) prior to starting and every year while on Stelara and BCG vaccines should not be given during treatment with Stelara or for one year following d/c. Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Clinically significant hypersensitivity to Stelara or to any of the excipients. No live vaccines make sure pt is up-to-date on immunizations prior to starting Stelara. Ustekinumab is a human IgG1? monoclonal antibody that binds with specificity to the p40 protein subunit used by both the IL-12 and IL-23 cytokines. IL-12 and IL-23 are naturally occurring cytokines that are involved in inflammatory and immune responses, such as natural killer cell activation and CD4+ T-cell differentiation and activation. In in vitro models, ustekinumab was shown to disrupt IL-12 and IL-23 mediated signaling and cytokine cascades by disrupting the interaction of these cytokines with a shared cell-surface receptor chain, IL-12R?1. None
Stelara 90mg (ustekinumab) (Over 200lbs) Initial: Inject 90mg SQ on Day 0, And then inject 90mg SQ on Day 28.
Maint: then inject 90mg once every 12 weeks.
Prefilled Syringe TB (mantoux) prior to starting and every year while on Stelara and BCG vaccines should not be given during treatment with Stelara or for one year following d/c. Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Clinically significant hypersensitivity to Stelara or to any of the excipients. No live vaccines make sure pt is up-to-date on immunizations prior to starting Stelara. See above information None
Cosentyx (secukinumab) Initial: Inject 300mg (2pens) SQ weekly on week 0, 1, 2, 3, 4.
Maint: Inject 300mg (2pens) once every 4 weeks.
Sensoready Pen (Auto-injector) or Prefilled Syringe TB (Mantoux) prior starting and ever year while on Cosentyx Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Patient is allergic to Cosentyx. No live vaccines Make sure pt is up-to-date on all immunizations prior to starting Cosentyx. Secukinumab is a human IgG1 monoclonal antibody that selectively binds to the interleukin- 17A(IL17A)cytokine and Inhibits its interaction with the IL-17 receptor. None
Taltz 80mg (ixekizumab) Initial: Inject 160mg (2pens) SQ on Day 0, 1st 12weeks: then Inject 80mg (1pen) SQ every 2 weeks x 12 weeks on the same day,
Maint: After 12 weeks: Then Inject 80 mg SQ every 4 weeks on the same day.
Auto-injector and Prefilled Syringes TB (Mantoux) prior to starting and every year while on Taltz Psoriasis Serious hypersensitivity reaction to Taltz or to any excipients. No Live Vaccines make sure pt is up-to-date on all vaccines before starting Taltz Ixekizumab is humanized IgG4 monoclonal antibody that selectively binds with the interleukin 17A (IL-17A) cytokine and inhibits its interaction with the IL-17 receptor. IL-17A is a naturally occurring cytokine that is involved in normal inflammatory and immune responses. Ixekizumab inhibits the release of proinflammatory cytokines and chemokines None

Otezla (apremilast)

Otezla (apremilast) is not a biologic agent, but we are including it in the chart because it is FDA approved treat psoriasis in situations where a biologic may be considered, and for reader convenience

Starter Pak: Take as directed (Given in office).
Maintenance: Take 30mg twice daily. (12 hours apart)
Tablets No lab work needed Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Hypersensitivity to Apremilast or to any excipients in the formulation The effect of apremilast on vaccine-mediated immune responses has not been clinically assessed. Apremilast is an oral small-molecule inhibitor of phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) specific for cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) PDE4 inhibition results in increased intracellular cAMP levels. None
Dupixent (dupilumab) inject 300mg Initial Dose: Inject 600mg (2 pens) Subcutaneously on Day 1. Maintenance Dose: Inject 300mg (1pen) Subcutaneously every 2 weeks starting Day 15 and thereafter. Prefilled Syringe None Dupixent is an interleukin-4 receptor alpha antagonist for the treatment of ADULT over the age of 18 patients with moderate-to-severe ATOPIC DERMATITS whose disease id not adequately controlled with topical prescription therapies or when therapies are not advisable. Dupixent can be used with or without corticosteroids. Dupixent is contraindicated in patients who have known hypersensitivity to dupixent or any if it excipient (see 5.1 on the Medication guided for further information) NO LIVE Vaccines while on DUPIXENT

Dupilumab is a human monoclonal IgG4 antibody that inhibits interleukin-4 (IL-4) and interleukin-13 (IL-13) signaling by specifically binding to the IL-4Ra subunit shared by the IL-4 and IL-13 receptor complexes. Dupilumab inhibits IL-4 signaling via the Type I receptor and both IL-4 and IL-13 signaling through the Type II receptor.

Blocking IL-4a with dupilumab inhibits IL-4 and IL-13 cytokinr-induced responses, including the release of proinflammatory, cytokines, chemokines and IgE.

None

Before starting check TB status, HIV status, Hepatitis panel and fungal serologies, if indicated, (e.g. participates outdoor activities with high rate of blasto/other exposure).

Many people on Cosentyx experience weight loss, be sure to monitor for weight change at visits.

IL-17 antagonists have been reported to cause a flare in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, be sure to consider this when starting a ptient on an IL-17 antagonist (Talz and Cosentyx)