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FDA Approves Injectable Psoriasis Drug for Tough Cases

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – A new drug to treat tough cases of the skin condition psoriasis has won approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Valeant Pharmaceuticals' injectable drug Siliq (brodalumab) was approved for adults with moderate-to-severe psoriasis that isn't responding to other recommended treatments. However, the drug carries a warning about increased risk for suicidal behavior. Psoriasis is characterized by raised patches of red skin and flaking. The condition usually begins between ages 15 and 35 and is thought to be an autoimmune disorder, meaning the body mistakenly attacks healthy cells. "Moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis can cause significant skin irritation and discomfort for patients, and today's approval provides patients with another treatment option for their psoriasis," said the FDA's Dr. Julie Beitz. Beitz is director of the Office of Drug ... Read more

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Health Tip: Caring for Psoriasis on Your Feet

Posted 4 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Psoriasis causes red, scaly, itchy plaques on the skin, including the feet. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests these ways to soothe it: Moisturize your feet regularly. Choose a moisturizer that's hypoallergenic and non-irritating. Soak feet in an oatmeal bath. Ask your doctor about special light therapy. Avoid psoriasis triggers, such as alcohol and exposure to dry air. See a podiatrist if your foot psoriasis doesn't improve. Read more

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Even Incomplete Steroid Treatment Helps Preemies: Study

Posted 10 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 – Even partial steroid treatment before birth can improve survival odds for extremely premature infants and reduce their risk of certain birth defects, a new study suggests. Steroids are standard therapy for pregnant women likely to give birth before 34 weeks of gestation. But the complete course of treatment takes at least 48 hours and doctors may decide not to begin treatment if premature delivery is imminent, explained researchers funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. But these new findings "suggest that starting steroid treatment promptly – even if the likelihood of completion is low – is beneficial when extremely premature birth is imminent," the researchers said. The investigators analyzed data from more than 6,100 extremely premature infants who were born between 22 and 27 weeks of pregnancy. They were followed for 18 to 22 months after birth. ... Read more

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Steroids Might Help More Than Just Very Premature Babies: Study

Posted 4 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 – Giving steroids to pregnant women at risk for late preterm delivery may reduce the risk of severe respiratory problems in their babies, a new study finds. The study included more than 2,800 pregnant women with a high risk of late preterm delivery (34 to 36 weeks of pregnancy) who were randomly selected to receive two injections over 24 hours of either the steroid betamethasone or a placebo. The steroid is commonly used to prevent complications in babies born before 34 weeks of pregnancy. A full-term pregnancy is considered to be 40 weeks. Compared to babies born to mothers who received the placebo, babies born to mothers who received the steroid were much less likely to have severe respiratory complications shortly after birth, to require a long stay in the neonatal intensive care unit, or to need respiratory treatments. The findings were published Feb. 4 in ... Read more

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Retail Prices of Dermatology Drugs Skyrocket

Posted 25 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 – Patients using prescription creams, gels, sprays and pills for skin conditions may shell out substantially more at the pharmacy than they did just six years ago, a new study suggests. Between 2009 and 2015, retail prices of brand-name dermatologic drugs rose 401 percent, on average, study authors reported Nov. 25 in JAMA Dermatology. Even generics have succumbed to price inflation, up 279 percent between 2011 and 2014, based on the drugs surveyed. Price increases for skin treatments far outpaced the general inflation rate of 11 percent during the six-year study period, the researchers said. "Cancer drugs were the worst in terms of the numbers" – up 1,240 percent or nearly $11,000 over the six-year study period – primarily because of two medicines, said Dr. Steven Rosenberg, voluntary professor of dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of ... Read more

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Worse Psoriasis, Less Healthy Arteries, Study Finds

Posted 8 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 – The skin disorder psoriasis appears linked with artery inflammation, raising the odds for heart disease, a new study says. "As the amount of psoriasis increases, the amount of blood vessel inflammation increases," said senior investigator Dr. Nehal Mehta, a clinical investigator with the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. His team also found that even mild psoriasis may indicate an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Just one psoriasis skin patch, or plaque, "might be biologically active, causing low-grade inflammation and starting a cascade, speeding up their blood vessel disease," Mehta said. "People really should know that psoriasis is not just a cosmetic disease," he added. However, these study findings only show an association between psoriasis and blood vessel inflammation, not a direct cause-and-effect relationship, Mehta said. His ... Read more

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