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Psoriasis Articles

Biological Therapy Interruption and Re-Treatment in Chronic Plaque Psoriasis

We reviewed the evidence from clinical trials on efficacy, safety and immunogenicity in clinical trials for approved biologic agents for chronic plaque psoriasis. A systematic search of three major medical databases was performed and a total of 35 articles were included into the analysis, including 13 controlled trials.

A Retrospective Review of Patients’ Response to Biologic Therapy for Psoriasis

Does long-term biologic therapy demonstrate effectiveness in treating patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis? Are clinical trial outcomes reproducible in real-world patients?

Assessing the Risk of PDE4 Inhibitor Use for Psoriasis During the COVID-19 Pandemic

What is the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection for psoriasis patients on a PDE4 inhibitor? Does real-life data exist?

Therapies for Psoriasis: Clinical and Economic Comparisons

Does the 308nm excimer laser deliver incremental clinical benefits and cost savings?

Increased Trend of Cosmetic Procedures in Patients With Psoriasis Who Attain 75% or Greater Improvement

Is there a relationship between the clearance of psoriasis, improved quality of life and cosmetic procedures?

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Case Reports

Rapid and Sustained Improvement in a Patient With Plaque Psoriasis Switched to Brodalumab After Failing Treatment Clearance on Six Other Biologic Therapies

No guidelines exist for selecting the optimal biology agent for plantar psoriasis. In this case, finding a biologic that worked and was tolerable was a process of trial and error that took four years.

Successful Treatment of Refractory Plaque-Type Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis: A Case Report

A unique case of severe plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and successful treatment with unique biologic combination after failure of prior topical and narrow-band ultraviolet B (NBUVB) phototherapy.

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Do You Know the Most Complete, Targeted Biologic for Psoriasis? The Answer May Surprise You

Early in the 1980s, topical therapy was the mainstay for medical management of this skin condition. Three decades later, dermatologists have a much better understanding of the pathogenesis of psoriasis and its related comorbidities. Novel therapies have emerged to target the immunologic drivers at the heart of the disease.

IL-23 Versus IL-17 in the Pathogenesis of Psoriasis: There Is More to the Story Than IL-17A

Explore the importance of the TH17 pathway in psoriasis pathogenesis with a focus on the roles of IL-23 and IL-17 within this pathway. Discuss the different IL-17 subtypes involved in psoriasis immunopathology and the multitude of cells that can produce these subtypes. Examine treatments that inhibit IL-23 and IL-17.

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Podcast Episodes

What Women Don’t Want … Psoriasis

Dr. Adam Friedman and Dr. Deirdre Hooper discuss her article “Impact of Psoriasis on Women” and unique considerations for the adult female psoriasis patient.

Picking up on Prescribing Patterns for Psoriasis: A Real Deal Assessment

We (and our patients) are fortunate to live during a time when we have many safe and effective options to treat a chronic inflammatory skin disease such as Psoriasis. We are reminded of this, nay inundated, with warm and fuzzy headlines in the lay dermatology press that humblebrag said efficacy. However, how does this translate to the real world, when the perfect, neat lines of clinical trials are blurred by practical issues such as access, patient and practitioner perception, and long term use and efficacy? In a JDD Podcast first, we had not one but two investigators share their work and first steps to evaluate just that.

To Treat or Not To Treat: Systemic Therapy Considerations for Psoriasis in the Setting of Malignancy

I’m a biologic girl in a biologic world…or so I think myself and never say out loud when reviewing therapeutic options for moderate to severe psoriasis. We are so fortunate to have so many wonderful options, however certain clinical scenarios may limit our ability to capitalize on said armament mostly due to limited experience and data. Enter previous malignancy – in most phase 3 studies these patients are weeded out or the history of malignancy must be at least 5 years prior to entry. So what to do? Our colleagues at Tufts Medical Center asked this very question. Tune in to hear what Dr. David Rosmarin, Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Residency Program Director learned from performing a retrospective chart review and how his work and his experience guides his clinical decision making when managing psoriasis. Don’t flake (or is it scale?)….check it out.

Ask the Investigator: Shedding Some Light on Phototherapy Protocols for Psoriasis and Tips to Improve Patient Screening and Treatment

In this edition of the JDD Podcast, Dr. Adam Friedman reviews phototherapy protocols and pearls with psoriasis expert Dr. Jashin Wu, Director of Research at Kaiser Permanente based on his study published in the August 2016 Journal of Drugs in Dermatology titled “Comparison of Phototherapy Guidelines for Psoriasis: A Critical Appraisal and Comprehensive Review.” Also tune in to hear how Dr. Wu counsels his psoriasis patients on psoriasis comorbidities and initiates, and manages them with phototherapy, topicals, and systemic immunosuppressants.

Translational Lecture Series

Targeting cAMP Signaling for the Treatment of Inflammatory Diseases of the Skin

Dr. Jon Zippin, elucidates the complexity of cAMP biology and the translational impact of PDE4 inhibition as it relates to chronic inflammatory skin diseases. Learn why targeting this pathway is clinically meaningful and where more work is needed to improve outcomes.

Psoriasis: Biological Basis for Comorbidities

Dr. Abrar Qureshi, Professor and Chair of Department of Dermatology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, reviews his research to uncover the biological basis for many of the co-morbidities associated with, and risk factors for, psoriasis. Through this clear and clinically oriented presentation, the common pathophysiological threads are elucidated with a focus on identifying preventive strategies and therapeutic targets for current and future treatments.