Johnson & Johnson Seeks to Expand Use of Psoriasis Drug

On Thursday, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ  ) announced that its Janssen Biotech and Janssen Biologics subsidiaries have submitted applications in the U.S. and Europe regarding the use of their Stelara psoriasis drug.

A supplemental Biologics License Application was submitted to the FDA and a Type II Variation was submitted to the European Medicines Agency.

The new usage will be for the treatment of adult patients with active psoriatic arthritis, a chronic, debilitating immune-mediated inflammatory disease affecting more than 2 million patients in the U.S., an estimated 4.2 million patients in Europe, and perhaps as many as 37 million people worldwide.

Johnson & Johnson noted that its twin applications are support by findings from a Phase 3 clinical trial. The company further noted that this same drug is currently in Phase 3 development for the treatment of moderately to severely active Crohn's disease.

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