Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory disease primarily involving the sacroiliac joints and the axial skeleton, resulting in chronic back pain and stiffness. The key treatment goals for AS include easing the signs and symptoms of the disease, improving physical function, preventing disability, and slowing or preventing structural damage. TNF-α inhibitors (AbbVie’s Humira, Amgen’s Enbrel, Janssen’s Remicade and Simponi / Simponi Aria, UCB’s Cimzia, and infliximab biosimilars) have demonstrated efficacy in reducing disease activity in AS. All approved agents in this class are perceived as highly effective options for patients who require more-potent therapies beyond first-line nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The interleukin (IL)-17 inhibitors—Novartis’s Cosentyx and the recently approved Taltz (Eli Lilly)—offer an alternative mechanism of action as the only approved non-TNF biological therapies for AS.
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