approved for psoriatic arthritis

Taltz is approved to treat adult patients with:

  • Active psoriatic arthritis (PsA)
  • Moderate to severe plaque psoriasis (PsO) who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy

*SPIRIT-P1 at week 24 (Taltz 80 mg every 4 weeks n=107; placebo n=106).

SPIRIT-P2 at week 24 (Taltz 80 mg every 4 weeks n=122; placebo n=118).

Inadequate responders (<20% improvement in tender and in swollen joint counts) at week 16 were analyzed as nonresponders after week 16 until the primary endpoint.

Primary endpoint=ACR20 response at week 24.

Additional results for psoriatic arthritis trials

In SPIRIT-P1 (biologic-naive, ≥3% BSA) (Taltz 80 mg every 4 weeks n=73, placebo n=67) and SPIRIT-P2 (TNFi-experienced, ≥3% BSA) (Taltz 80 mg every 4 weeks n=68, placebo n=67), 75% and 57% of patients receiving Taltz achieved PASI 75, respectively, at week 12 vs 8% and 10% of patients taking placebo.2,3

In SPIRIT-P1, among patients with sPGA ≥3 at baseline (Taltz n=52, placebo n=41) 75% of patients taking Taltz achieved sPGA 0,1 at week 12 vs 7% of patients who received placebo. In SPIRIT-P2, among patients with sPGA≥3 at baseline (Taltz n=60, placebo n=55), 63% of patients taking Taltz achieved sPGA 0,1 at week 12 vs 4% of patients who received placebo.4

Defined as BSA ≥10%.

§UNCOVER-2 at week 12 (Taltz n=351; placebo n=168).

Co-primary endpoints=PASI 75 and sPGA 0,1 at week 12.

Additional results for plaque psoriasis trials

Taltz patients in UNCOVER-1 (Taltz 80 mg every 2 weeks n=433; placebo n=431) and UNCOVER-3 (Taltz 80 mg every 2 weeks n=385; placebo n=193) achieved similar results: 89% and 87% of Taltz patients achieved PASI 75 vs 4% and 7% for placebo. Additionally, 71% and 68% of Taltz patients achieved PASI 90 vs 1% and 3% for placebo, and 35% and 38% achieved PASI 100 vs 0% and 0% for placebo. Also, 82% and 81% of Taltz patients achieved sPGA 0,1 vs 3% and 7% for placebo.4

ACR20/50/70=American College of Rheumatology 20%/50%/70% response rate; BSA=body surface area; TNFi=tumor necrosis factor inhibitor; PASI=Psoriasis Area and Severity Index; sPGA=static Physician's Global Assessment.


  1. Taltz [package insert]. Indianapolis, IN: Eli Lilly and Company; 2017.
  2. Mease PJ, van der Heijde D, Ritchlin CT, et al; on behalf of SPIRIT-P1 Study Group. Ixekizumab, an interleukin-17A specific monoclonal antibody, for the treatment of biologic-naive patients with active psoriatic arthritis: results from the 24-week randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled and active (adalimumab)-controlled period of the phase III trial SPIRIT-P1. Ann Rheum Dis. 2017;76:79-87.
  3. Nash P, Kirkham B, Okada M, et al; on behalf of SPIRIT-P2 Study Group. Ixekizumab for the treatment of patients with active psoriatic arthritis and an inadequate response to tumour necrosis factor inhibitors: results from the 24-week randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled period of the SPIRIT-P2 phase 3 trial. Lancet. 2017;389:2317-2327. Supplementary appendix.
  4. Data on File. Eli Lilly, USA. TAL20171127A.

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Indication and Important Safety Information

Psoriatic Arthritis:

Taltz is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with active psoriatic arthritis.

Plaque Psoriasis:

Taltz is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy.



Taltz is contraindicated in patients with a previous serious hypersensitivity reaction, such as anaphylaxis, to ixekizumab or to any of the excipients.

Warnings and Precautions


Taltz may increase the risk of infection. In clinical trials of patients with plaque psoriasis, the Taltz group had a higher rate of infections than the placebo group (27% vs 23%). A similar increase in risk of infection was seen in placebo-controlled trials of patients with psoriatic arthritis. Serious infections have occurred. Instruct patients to seek medical advice if signs or symptoms of clinically important chronic or acute infection occur. If a serious infection develops, discontinue Taltz until the infection resolves.

Pre-Treatment Evaluation for Tuberculosis

Evaluate patients for tuberculosis (TB) infection prior to initiating treatment with Taltz. Do not administer to patients with active TB infection. Initiate treatment of latent TB prior to administering Taltz. Closely monitor patients receiving Taltz for signs and symptoms of active TB during and after treatment.


Serious hypersensitivity reactions, including angioedema and urticaria (each ≤0.1%), occurred in the Taltz group in clinical trials. Anaphylaxis, including cases leading to hospitalization, has been reported in post-marketing use with Taltz. If a serious hypersensitivity reaction occurs, discontinue Taltz immediately and initiate appropriate therapy.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

During Taltz treatment, monitor patients for onset or exacerbations of inflammatory bowel disease. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, including exacerbations, occurred at a greater frequency in the Taltz group (Crohn’s disease 0.1%, ulcerative colitis 0.2%) than in the placebo group (0%) during clinical trials in patients with plaque psoriasis.


Prior to initiating therapy with Taltz, consider completion of all age-appropriate immunizations according to current immunization guidelines. Avoid use of live vaccines in patients treated with Taltz.

Adverse Reactions

Most common adverse reactions (≥1%) associated with Taltz treatment are injection site reactions, upper respiratory tract infections, nausea, and tinea infections. Overall, the safety profile observed in patients with psoriatic arthritis was consistent with the safety profile in patients with plaque psoriasis, with the exception of influenza and conjunctivitis.

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