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Prescribing medications off-label is commonplace in dermatology. This article discusses the recent FDA policy chances, the debate on free speech, the benefits and risks of off label drug use and promotion, and how it relates to patient care.
Biologic agents were introduced during the past decade as a new class of treatments for chronic psoriasis. This review will discuss data from clinical trials that have provided new insights into the efficacy, safety, and cost effectiveness of alefacept as a treatment for psoriasis.
To date, the US FDA has approved three tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-a inhibitors for use in dermatology. The distinct and targeted mechanism of action of the TNF inhibitors allows dermatologists to customize therapy to match the individual needs and characteristics of patients who are candidates for systemic therapy.