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REMICADE Phase 3 data show rapid, significant, long-term psoriasis improvement

Phase 3 data show treatment with REMICADE (infliximab) resulted in rapid, significant improvement and long-term response in patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. Findings from the EXPRESS II trial, a placebo-controlled, dose-ranging study of REMICADE 3 mg/kg and 5 mg/kg, showed that every eight week maintenance therapy resulted in greater long-term skin clearance compared with "as-needed" therapy regimens within each dose. At week 10, after infusions at weeks 0, 2 and 6, 70 percent of patients treated with REMICADE 3 mg/kg and 75 percent of patients receiving 5 mg/kg achieved at least 75 percent improvement in psoriasis as measured by Psoriasis Area Severity Index (PASI 75), compared with two percent of patients receiving placebo (P < 0.001). At week 50, patients receiving REMICADE 5 mg/kg every eight-week maintenance therapy achieved the highest level of sustained PASI improvement with the majority of the patients achieving PASI 75 versus the REMICADE 3 mg/kg eight-week maintenance therapy and the REMICADE 3 mg/kg and 5 mg/kg "as-needed" therapy regimens. Results from EXPRESS II and the previous Phase 3 EXPRESS study were presented today at the 64th annual American Academy of Dermatology meeting.

"We now have data showing that the majority of patients receiving scheduled REMICADE maintenance therapy achieved long-term clinical response in psoriasis, a lifelong, chronic inflammatory disease" said Alan Menter, MD, chairman, Division of Dermatology, Baylor University Medical Center, and lead study investigator. "These findings support previous clinical results and show that patients treated with REMICADE achieved rapid and marked improvement in the moderate to severe category of psoriasis, which impacts the lives of nearly two million Americans."

Consistency of response of REMICADE 5 mg/kg maintenance therapy: Data from EXPRESS and EXPRESS II
In order to evaluate the consistency of response across both Phase 3 studies
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Contact: Michael Parks
215-983-8000
Centocor, Inc.
3-Mar-2006


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