STL Volume 15 Number 4

STL Volume 15 Number 4
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Update on Drugs and Drug News

Update on Drugs and Drug News: April 2010

Update on drugs, approval dates, and comments. Collagenase clostridium histolyticum (XIAFLEX™), HPV quadrivalent recombinant vaccine (Gardasil®), Velaglucerase alfa (VPRIV™), Agalsidase alfa (REPLAGAL®), Adalimumab (Humira®) are covered.
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What is Needed for a Sunscreen to Provide Complete Protection

In order to achieve complete protection against the cumulative detrimental effects from sun exposure, topical strategies must shield against the range of solar wavelengths that can damage the skin. Existing examples of infrared-protective active agents include mitochondrially targeted antioxidants.

Alefacept Treatment for Chronic Plaque Psoriasis

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.