Ann Dermatol.  2019 Feb;31(1):44-50. 10.5021/ad.2019.31.1.44.

Real-World Experience with Etanercept Therapy and the Switching Pattern among Korean Patients with Psoriasis after Withdrawal of Etanercept

  • 1Department of Dermatology, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seongnam, Korea.


The efficacy and safety of etanercept in the treatment of psoriasis has been proven, and the drug was approved for the treatment of moderate to severe psoriasis. However, there have been few studies that have presented real-world data focused on concomitant treatment during etanercept treatment, and the switching pattern after discontinuation of etanercept.
To reveal the real- world treatment pattern of etanercept-based psoriasis treatment and to investigate the switching pattern after withdrawal of etanercept.
We enrolled 66 patients with psoriasis who were treated with etanercept. We collected data regarding the demographic characteristics of the patients, etanercept treatment schedules, and other treatments administered during the etanercept treatment period. We also investigated the treatment pattern after the discontinuation of etanercept with emphasis on the drug-free interval and the administered treatment modalities.
The mean treatment duration was 22.7±26.1 months and the mean number of etanercept injections was 21.5±27.9. Thirty-six patients were administered concomitant systemic medication or phototherapy. After discontinuation of etanercept, 54 patients were followed up and 34 of these patients were administered other systemic medication or phototherapy; phototherapy and cyclosporine was the most commonly administered treatment modality and 27.4% of treatments used biologics.
The treatment schedule for etanercept was modified according to the severity of psoriasis and concomitant treatment was administered to improve the effectiveness of treatment in the patients enrolled in the study. We also found that most patients required other treatment modalities to control psoriasis during the period of etanercept treatment.


Psoriasis; Etanercept; Treatment; Combination; Switching pattern

MeSH Terms

Appointments and Schedules
Biological Products
Biological Products


  • Fig. 1 Study design and summary of results.


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