Current Dermatology Reports

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 1–5 | Cite as

Update on Risankizumab for Psoriasis

  • Jennifer C. BaresEmail author
  • Mark G. Lebwohl
Psoriasis (J Wu, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Psoriasis


Purpose of Review

This review highlights the latest data on risankizumab, including efficacy and safety data from recent clinical trials.

Recent Findings

In multiple phase 3 clinical trials, risankizumab was shown to be safe and efficacious. Risankizumab demonstrated superior efficacy to leading active comparators for the induction and maintenance of clear skin and was shown to have a safety profile similar to other biologic therapies currently on the market.


Targeted biologic medications for plaque psoriasis have provided insight into the complex immune pathways that are now understood to lead to the development of several autoimmune diseases including plaque psoriasis. Risankizumab, a novel, fully human monoclonal antibody against the IL-23p19 subunit, is currently under investigation for the treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis and shows promise to provide complete and lasting skin clearance with convenient dosing for patients. Future studies are needed to explore the long-term safety and efficacy of risankizumab beyond 5 years of therapy.


Psoriasis Risankizumab Biologic IL-23 Efficacy Safety 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Mark Lebwohl is an employee of Mount Sinai and receives research funds from: Abbvie, Amgen, Arcutis, Bausch Health (Valeant), Boehringer Ingelheim, Celgene, Eli Lilly, Incyte, Johnson & Johnson (Centocor, Janssen), Leo Pharmaceutucals, Medimmune/Astra Zeneca, Novartis, Pfizer (Anacor), Regeneron, Sciderm, UCB, Inc., and ViDac. Dr. Lebwohl is also a consultant for Allergan, Aqua, Arcutis, Inc., Boehringer-Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, LEO Pharma, Menlo, Mitsubishi, Neuroderm, Promius/Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Theravance, and Verrica.

Dr. Bares has nothing to disclose.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DermatologyIcahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiNew YorkUSA

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