STL Volume 14 Number 4

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Update on Drugs and Drug News

Update on Drugs and Drug News: May 2009

Update on Alitretinion (Toctino®), Pralatrexate, Benzyl Alcohol Lotion 5%, and Botulinum Toxin – Type A (Azzalure®) and news on Efalizumab (Raptiva®).
Use of Tacrolimus Ointment in Vitiligo Alone or in Combination Therapy

Use of Tacrolimus Ointment in Vitiligo Alone or in Combination Therapy

Current treatments for vitiligo are largely unsatisfactory. Topical corticosteroids and phototherapy (narrow-band UVB and psoralen+UVA) are the most prescribed, however, these therapies are often not effective and have important side-effect, especially when used for a long time.
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Treatments for Scalp Psoriasis with Emphasis on Calcipotriol Plus Betamethasone Dipropionate Gel (Xamiol®)

Scalp psoriasis occurs in 50%-75% of patients with plaque psoriasis. It may be the only area of the body affected, or it may be associated with disease elsewhere, including psoriatic arthritis. Most cases are treated topically, usually with steroids and/or calcipotriol.

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