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Efficacy and Safety of Toreforant, a Selective Histamine H4 Receptor Antagonist, for the Treatment of Moderate-to-Severe Plaque Psoriasis: Results from a Phase 2 Multicenter, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Trial

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Frankel E, Song M, Li S, Jiang J, Thurmond RL, Randazzo B. J Drugs Dermatol. 2018 Aug 1;17(8):873-879.


BACKGROUND: Toreforant is a selective histamine H4 receptor antagonist. H4 receptor activation may play a role in immune-mediated inflammation in psoriasis.

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate Toreforant efficacy and safety in patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis.

METHODS: Biologic-naïve patients were to be treated (30, 60, or 3 mg Toreforant or placebo) for 12 weeks and followed through week 16. In this adaptive-design study, assignments were guided by interim analyses. Primary and major secondary efficacy endpoints, evaluated using Bayesian analyses, were the proportions of patients achieving ≥75% improvement in Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) from baseline and achieving Investigator's Global Assessment (IGA) of cleared (0) or minimal (1), respectively, at week 12.

RESULTS: Per interim analyses results, patients were randomized to 30 (n = 30) or 60 mg (n = 26) Toreforant or placebo (n = 6). The estimated mean difference in the PASI 75 response rate at week 12 from the posterior distributions compared to placebo was 14.1% (95% credible interval [CI], -0.1% to 30.9%) and 8.9% (95% CI, -5.0% to 24.3%) with 30 and 60 mg Toreforant, respectively. The posterior probabilities of 30 and 60 mg Toreforant inducing a greater response rate than placebo were 97.4% and 90.3%, respectively; neither met the 97.5% predefined success criterion. Results for the IGA 0/1 endpoint were similar. Toreforant was generally safe and well tolerated. No deaths, serious or opportunistic infections, active tuberculosis, or malignancies were reported.

CONCLUSIONS: Toreforant efficacy at 30 and 60 mg was greater than placebo but did not meet predefined success criterion.