Taltz ® (ixekizumab) injection

80 mg/mL

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Can Taltz® (ixekizumab) be used in patients with a malignancy or history of malignancy?

Ixekizumab has not been studied in patients with a malignancy or history of malignancy.


Ixekizumab Use in Patients With Malignancies or History of Malignancies

Ixekizumab product labeling does not contain a contraindication for use in patients with a malignancy or history of malignancy. However, the use of ixekizumab in this population has not been studied.1

Clinical Trial Malignancy Exclusion Criteria

  • Active, or a history of malignant disease was an exclusion criterion in the pivotal psoriasis UNCOVER clinical trials and in the pivotal psoriatic arthritis (PsA) SPIRIT clinical trials (history of malignant disease within 5 years prior to baseline for SPIRIT-P2 and later trials, including IXORA psoriasis studies, SPIRIT-H2H in PsA, and axial spondyloarthritis trials).
  • Patients were excluded if they had current or a history of lymphoproliferative disease, or signs or symptoms of lymphoproliferative disease (limited to within 5 years of baseline for later trials).
  • Patients with successfully treated basal-cell carcinoma (no more than 3), squamous-cell carcinoma of the skin, or cervical carcinoma in situ, with no evidence of recurrence within the 5 years prior to baseline were allowed to participate in the pivotal psoriasis and PsA studies.
  • Note: This is not an all-inclusive list of exclusion criteria, but rather a list of those exclusion criteria related to malignancy.2-8

Clinical Trial Malignancy Discontinuation Criteria 

  • The clinical trial protocols required patients who developed a malignancy to discontinue from the studies .
  • Patients were allowed to continue in the study if they developed no more than 2 nonmelanoma skin cancers over any 12-month period during the studies.
  • Note: This is not an all-inclusive list of discontinuation criteria, but rather discontinuation criteria related to malignancy.4,9


The published references below are available by contacting 1-800-LillyRx (1-800-545-5979).

1Taltz [package insert]. Indianapolis, IN: Eli Lilly and Company; 2021.

2Deodhar A, Poddubnyy D, Pacheco-Tena C, et al; COAST-W Study Group. Efficacy and safety of ixekizumab in the treatment of radiographic axial spondyloarthritis: sixteen-week results from a phase III randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in patients with prior inadequate response to or intolerance of tumor necrosis factor inhibitors. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2019;71(4):599-611. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/art.40753

3Deodhar A, van der Heijde D, Gensler LS, et al; COAST-X Study Group. Ixekizumab for patients with non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (COAST-X): a randomised, placebo-controlled trial. Lancet. 2020;395(10217):53-64. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(19)32971-X

4Gordon KB, Blauvelt A, Papp KA, et al; UNCOVER-1, UNCOVER-2, and UNCOVER-3 Study Groups. Phase 3 trials of ixekizumab in moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. N Engl J Med. 2016;375(4):345-356. http://dx.doi.org/10.1056/NEJMoa1512711

5Langley RG, Papp K, Gooderham M, et al; IXORA-P Investigators. Efficacy and safety of continuous every-2-week dosing of ixekizumab over 52 weeks in patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis in a randomized phase III trial (IXORA-P). Br J Dermatol. 2018;178(6):1315-1323. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjd.16426

6Mease PJ, van der Heijde D, Ritchlin CT, et al; SPIRIT-P1 Study Group. Ixekizumab, an interleukin-17A specific monoclonal antibody, for the treatment of biologic-naive patients with active psoriatic arthritis: results from the 24-week randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled and active (adalimumab)-controlled period of the phase III trial SPIRIT-P1. Ann Rheum Dis. 2017;76(1):79-87. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/annrheumdis-2016-209709

7Nash P, Kirkham B, Okada M, et al; SPIRIT-P2 Study Group. Ixekizumab for the treatment of patients with active psoriatic arthritis and an inadequate response to tumour necrosis factor inhibitors: results from the 24-week randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled period of the SPIRIT-P2 phase 3 trial. Lancet. 2017;389(10086):2317-2327. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)31429-0

8van der Heijde D, Cheng-Chung Wei J, Dougados M, et al; COAST-V Study Group. Ixekizumab, an interleukin-17A antagonist in the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis or radiographic axial spondyloarthritis in patients previously untreated with biological disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (COAST-V): 16 week results of a phase 3 randomised, double-blind, active-controlled and placebo-controlled trial. Lancet. 2018;392(10163):2441-2451. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/s0140-6736(18)31946-9

9Data on file, Eli Lilly and Company and/or one of its subsidiaries.

Date of Last Review: October 20, 2020

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