STL Volume 12 Number 6
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Update on Drugs and Drug News – July-August 2007
Update on Hyaluronic Acid Gel Particles PERLANE®, Cervical Cancer Vaccine Cervarix®, Vaccinia Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human), Levocetirizine Dihydrochloride Xyzal®, and Infliximab Remicade®.
Rituximab: A B-Cell Depletion Therapy for Dermatologic Disease
Rituximab (Rituxan®, Genentech/ Biogen Idec) is a genetically engineered chimeric murine/human monoclonal antibody directed against CD20. While anecdotal case reports recommend its “off-label” use in dermatology, randomized clinical trials are required to firmly establish the safety and efficacy.
Cutaneous Reactions to Anticancer Agents Targeting the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor: A Dermatology-Oncology Perspective
The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is often overexpressed or dysregulated in solid tumors. Targeting the EGFR-mediated signaling pathway has become routine practice in the treatment of lung, pancreatic, head and neck, and colon carcinomas.