A Major Win for the Treatment of Nail Psoriasis

August 2017 | Volume 16 | Issue 8 | Editorials | 731 | Copyright © August 2017

Shari R. Lipner MD PhD


Figure 1chronic plaque psoriasis. Almost 50% of patients treated with adalimumab achieved an assessment of clear or minimal with at least a two-grade improvement from baseline in signs and symptoms of ngernail psoriasis compared to 7% percent of placebo patients.21 The treatment plan for every patient must be individualized taking into account nail psoriasis severity, involvement of the nail matrix, nail bed or both, ngernails vs. toenails, number of nails affected, concomitant skin and joint involvement, patient lifestyle, and adherence to a treatment regimen, comorbidities medications, and impact on quality of life. The recent FDA approval of adalimumab ngernail psoriasis data in the package insert for this drug is a major win for the treatment of nail psoriasis. It is hoped that this approval will improve access to biologics for our nail psoriasis patients, thus improving their functionality and quality of life.


Dr. Lipner has no con icts of interest relevant to the content of the submission. Dr. Lebwohl is an employee of the Mount Sinai Medical Center, which receives research funds from AbbVie, Amgen, Anacor, Aqua, Celgene, Lilly, Janssen Biotech, LEO Pharma, Merz, Novartis, Pfizer, Sandoz, Sun Pharmaceuticals, and Valeant.

Shari R. Lipner MD PhD

Weill Cornell Medicine, Department of Dermatology, New York, NY

Mark G. Lebwohl MD

Mount Sinai Medical Center, Department of Dermatology, New York, NY


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