Patient- and physician-reported outcomes from two phase 3 randomized studies (RAJ3 and RAJ4) of peficitinib (ASP015K) in Asian patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Yoshiya Tanaka, Tsutomu Takeuchi, Hiroyuki Izutsu, Yuichiro Kaneko, Daisuke Kato, Musashi Fukuda, Mitsuhiro Rokuda, Neil M. Schultz

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Background: Peficitinib (ASP015K), a novel oral Janus kinase inhibitor, has demonstrated efficacy and safety in the treatment of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This study evaluated the effect of peficitinib on patient- and physician-reported outcomes in Asian patients with RA and an inadequate response to prior disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). Methods: Patients from two randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, phase 3 trials (RAJ3 and RAJ4) received once-daily peficitinib 100 mg, peficitinib 150 mg, or placebo, alone or in combination with DMARDs (RAJ3), or in combination with methotrexate (RAJ4). Mean changes in Work Productivity and Activity Impairment (WPAI) questionnaire domain scores from baseline, and percentages of patients achieving minimal clinically important differences (MCIDs) for patient- and physician-reported outcomes (WPAI, Health Assessment Questionnaire – Disability Index [HAQ-DI], and Subject’s Global Assessment of Pain [SGAP]), and Physician’s Global Assessment of disease activity (PGA) were evaluated at weeks 4, 8, 12, and 12/early termination (ET). Results: Data from 1025 patients were analyzed. At week 12/ET in both studies, patients who received peficitinib 100 mg or 150 mg reported significantly improved WPAI domain scores from baseline (except for absenteeism in RAJ4) compared with placebo (both doses, p<0.05). A higher proportion of peficitinib- versus placebo-treated patients achieved MCID in WPAI, HAQ-DI, SGAP, and PGA in studies RAJ3 and RAJ4. Significant differences with peficitinib versus placebo were evident in both studies as early as week 4 in HAQ-DI (peficitinib 150 mg only), SGAP, and PGA, and week 8 in WPAI loss of work productivity and daily activity impairment. At week 12/ET, significantly higher proportions of patients receiving peficitinib versus placebo achieved MCID in HAQ-DI, SGAP, PGA, and WPAI domains of presenteeism (RAJ3 only), loss of work productivity (RAJ3 only), and daily activity impairment (p<0.05 for all comparisons). Conclusions: Peficitinib 100 mg or 150 mg administered daily over 12 weeks resulted in clinically meaningful improvements in outcomes that are important to RA patients, including pain, physical function, and work productivity and activity. These observations were reinforced through similar improvements in physicians’ rating of disease activity. Trial registration: RAJ3:, NCT02308163, registered 4 December 2014. RAJ4:, NCT02305849, registered 3 December 2014.

Original languageEnglish
Article number221
JournalArthritis Research and Therapy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Dec
Externally publishedYes


  • ASP015K
  • Health Assessment Questionnaire – Disability Index (HAQ-DI)
  • Janus kinase (JAK)
  • Minimal clinically important difference (MCID)
  • Patient-reported outcomes (PROs)
  • Peficitinib
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Work Productivity and Activity Impairment (WPAI) questionnaire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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