Disease and Treatment Burden of Psoriasis:Examining the Impact of Biologics

February 2011 | Volume 10 | Issue 2 | Original Article | 189 | Copyright © February 2011

Kalindi Raval PharmD, Jennifer H. Lofland PharmD MPH PhD, Heidi C. Waters MS MBA, Catherine Tak Piech MBA

Abstract
Plaque psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease that can be difficult to treat. Traditional systemic agents, topical agents, phototherapy and biologic therapies can be used for patients with psoriasis. The authors reviewed published results from a variety of sources in order to better understand the effects of psoriasis treatments on patient satisfaction, patient adherence, healthcare resource utilization and productivity. Patients with psoriasis consider many factors when evaluating therapies, including the time for the therapy to be effective, cosmetic issues common with topical therapies and travel to and from phototherapy centers. Satisfaction with and adherence to biologic therapies appears to be greater than for traditional therapies. Although biologic therapies are generally more expensive than are traditional, these agents may contribute to decreased healthcare utilization and increased productivity.

J Drugs Dermatol. 2011;10(2):189-196.