Yearly STL Archives: 2022

Selective TYK2 Inhibition in the Treatment of Moderate to Severe Chronic Plaque Psoriasis

Moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis may be difficult to control using current therapies, which has led to development of a novel class of therapy, selective tyrosine kinase 2 (TYK2) inhibitors, to address this unmet need.

Acne Scars: An Update on Management

Acne scars are a frequent complication that results from damage to the skin during the healing process of lesions, with studies indicating that 50% of those suffering from acne may develop scars.

Update on Drugs & Devices: November – December 2022

Update covering: Deucravacitinib tablets (Sotyktu™), DaxibotulinumtoxinA-lanm IM injection (Daxxify™), Dupilumab for SC injection (Dupixent®), Spesolimab-sbzo IV injection (Spevigo®) and Selumetinib capsules (Koselugo™).

Casmo Algorithm for Management of Hormonal Therapy-Related Cutaneous Adverse Effects in Oncology Patients

Breast and prostate cancer patients frequently use hormonal therapy to improve treatment outcomes and survival. However, these medications can be associated with numerous dermatologic adverse effects. If not appropriately managed, these cutaneous reactions can reduce the quality of life and interfere with treatment adherence.

IL-23s: Psoriasis therapy overview

Biologics are protein-based medications that target specific parts of the immune system. IL-23 inhibitor specifically targets a type of cytokine called IL-23 and blocks cellular activity, which results in reduced inflammation that causes psoriasis.

Selecting from IL-23s

Tildrakizumab (Ilumya) is a brand-name biologic medication that’s used to treat moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. This drug is an interleukin (IL-23) inhibitor that’s very effective and works long-term to control the symptoms of psoriasis.

Tildrakizumab candidates

Unlike many other psoriasis treatments, tildrakizumab can be used in higher-risk populations, such as in the elderly or those with psoriasis in addition to other health conditions like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or psoriatic arthritis.

Tildrakizumab effectiveness related to trial results

After 12 weeks of treatment with tildrakizumab (Ilumya), over 50 percent of patients can be cleared of their psoriasis. This biologic drug was approved in Canada in October 2021.

Tildrakizumab effectiveness

People with psoriasis are frequently frustrated over treatments that are ineffective for them, such as tumor necrosis factor biologics, phototherapy, or systemic drugs (such as methotrexate). IL-23 inhibitors, like tildrakizumab, can be an important and effective therapeutic option when patients do not respond to other treatments.

Tildrakizumab long-term effectiveness

Research has shown high levels of effectiveness are maintained for 5 years and beyond with tildrakizumab (Ilumya), an interleukin-23 (IL-23) inhibitor.

Managing patients on Tildrakizumab

Tildrakizumab (Ilumya), an interleukin-23 (IL-23) inhibitor offers a convenient dosing schedule. Treatment is administered by subcutaneous injection at start of treatment, after 4 weeks, followed by every 12 weeks thereafter.

General thoughts on Tildrakizumab

With the availability of tildrakizumab (Ilumya), an interleukin-23 (IL-23) inhibitor, dermatologists are very optimistic about the continued success of this biologic drug used to treat psoriasis patients.

Tildrakizumab: the Patient Journey

Unlike many other psoriasis treatments, tildrakizumab can be used in higher-risk populations, such as in the elderly or those with psoriasis in addition to other health conditions like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or psoriatic arthritis.

CaSMO Management of Cutaneous Toxicities Associated with Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors: A Practical Primer

The management of cirAEs starts with physician awareness and patient education on the occurrence of toxicities, preventive measures, and skincare using gentle cleansers, moisturizers, and sunscreen started before immunotherapy begins and ongoing thereafter as part of the lifestyle.

Tazarotene Lotion 0.045% for the Treatment of Acne

Tazarotene 0.045% lotion is a novel formulation which utilizes polymeric emulsion technology to improve tolerability and epidermal penetration. Despite the lower concentration of tazarotene in the lotion formulation, which likely also contributes to improved tolerability, tazarotene 0.045% lotion is at least as effective as tazarotene 0.1% cream.

Tirbanibulin for the Treatment of Actinic Keratosis: A Review

Tirbanibulin effectively and completely cleared AK lesions with a 5-day application period while demonstrating a favorable safety profile, mild AEs, improved tolerability, and long-term results, making it a promising field therapy for AKs.

Update on Drugs & Devices: July-August 2022

Update covering: Benzoyl peroxide 5% cream, Isotretinoin ointment, Tapinarof 1% cream, Baricitinib tablets, and Dupilumab for SC injection.

Halobetasol Propionate 0.01% Lotion for Plaque Psoriasis and Corticosteroid-Responsive Dermatoses

A novel topical corticosteroid, halobetasol propionate (HP) 0.01% lotion (Bryhali™), has recently been introduced for the treatment of plaque psoriasis and corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses in adults.

Sarecycline: A Narrow-Spectrum Antibiotic

Sarecycline is a novel antibiotic that has shown significant promise in acne treatment due to its narrow-spectrum activity and weight-based dosing.

Update on Drugs & Devices: May-June 2022

This update covers Nivolumab + Relatlimab-rmbw for IV use - Opdualag™ (Bristol-Myers Squibb), Sirolimus topical gel 0.2% - Hyftor™ (Nobelpharma America), Oral epinephrine - AQST-109 (Aquestive Therapeutics), and Bimekizumab for SC use - Bimzelx® (UCB Canada Inc.).

Plerixafor on a WHIM – Promise or Fantasy of a New CXCR4 Inhibitor for This Rare, but Important Syndrome?

Emerging molecular experimental and clinical data suggests that CXCR4 may play an important role in other skin and systemic diseases including mycosis fungoides/Sézary syndrome, neurofibromatosis type 1 tumors, allergic reactions, Waldenström macroglobulinemia, melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancers and other solid tumors.

Transition of Topical Therapy Formulation in Psoriasis: Insights from a Canadian Practice Reflective

The benefits of transitioning from Cal/BD ointment or gel to aerosol foam formulation in this Canadian patient population were similar to those reported in clinical studies and were seen consistently among patients with a range of treatment priorities and with differing history of psoriasis severity and treatment history.

Update on Drugs & Devices: March-April 2022

This update covers Adalimumab biosimilar - Yuflyma™ (Celltrion Healthcare), Adalimumab biosimilar - Simlandi™ (Alvotech/JAMP Pharma), Abrocitinib tablet - Cibinqo® (Pfizer), Upadacitinib tablet - Rinvoq® (AbbVie), Risankizumab-rzaa SC injection - Skyrizi® (AbbVie), and HA-based dermal filler - Juvéderm® Volbella® XC (AbbVie/ Allergan Aesthetics).

Topical Clascoterone for Acne Vulgaris

Clascoterone 1% cream represents a novel and promising therapeutic agent in the management of acne vulgaris for individuals ≥12 years of age. Notably, this topical agent was not observed to have significant systemic effects seen with systemic anti-androgenic agents.

Janus Kinase and Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors in Dermatology: A Review of Their Utilization, Safety Profile and Future Applications

Currently, JAK inhibitors are only FDA approved for dermatologic, rheumatologic, and hematologic conditions. Recent studies show the utility of JAK inhibitors in treating atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, vitiligo, and alopecia areata.

Update on Drugs & Devices: January-February 2022

Drug update covering: Adalimumab-adbm for SC use - Cyltezo®, Tralokinumab for SC use - Adtralza® (in Canada), Tralokinumab-ldrm for SC use - Adbry™ (in US), Melanoma vaccine for IV use - BNT111, Adalimumab-aqvh for SC use - Yusimry™, and more...

2021 Index for Skin Therapy Letter Volume 26 – Dermatology Edition

This index covers all articles published in Skin Therapy Letter Dermatology Edition articles in 2021. Articles are indexed by drug names, trade names and disease terms. Bold entries refer to major references.

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