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.

Fixed Combination Halobetasol Propionate and Tazarotene Lotion for Plaque Psoriasis

A novel fixed combination lotion containing the super-potent corticosteroid halobetasol propionate 0.01% and retinoid tazarotene 0.045% (Duobrii™) has recently been introduced and indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in adults.

Psoriasis Education Tool for Patient-Physician Decision-Making About Biologics: A Pilot Study

Although biologics are well-studied, expertise regarding their use is often lacking. Many biologics have been added to the market in recent years with distinctive characteristics. This study was designed to create a tool to assist physicians involved in the care of patients with psoriasis undergoing biologic treatment.

Update on Drugs & Devices: November-December 2021

The update covers Difelikefalin for IV use - Korsuva™ (Vifor Pharma, Cara Therapeutics), Topical MEK inhibitor - NFX-179 (NFlextion Therapeutics), Maralixibat oral solution - Livmarli™ (Mirum Pharmaceuticals), Ruxolitinib cream 1.5% - Opzelura™ (Incyte), Ruxolitinib tablets - Jakafi® (Incyte), and Avacopan capsules - Tavneos™ (ChemoCentryx).

Canadian Skin Management in Oncology Group (Casmo) Algorithm for the Prevention and Management of Acute Radiation Dermatitis

The Canadian Skin Management in Oncology Group (CaSMO) developed an algorithm for the reduction of severity and management of acute RD, which follows previous publications from this group that addressed general oncology-treatment related cutaneous adverse events [AEs], prevention, and skin management.

Labeling Laws for Personal Care Products: Potential Pitfalls for The Consumer

Consumers of personal care products must be made aware of the potential pitfalls that arise from current labeling practices and regulations. For example, terms such as “hypoallergenic“, “sensitive skin“, and ...

Hair Removal Practices: A Literature Review

This article is a general overview of hair removal practices, which have evolved from utilizing waxes and blades, to advanced lasers and electrolysis, with further advancements still being studied

Update on Drugs & Devices: September – October 2021

The update covers: Tazarotene lotion, 0.045% - Arazlo™ (Bausch Health), Anifrolumab-fnia IV use - Saphnelo™ (AstraZeneca), Immune globulin intravenous (human) 10% - Octagam® 10% (Octapharma), Odevixibat capsule - Bylvay™ (Albireo Pharma) and other treatments

Rosacea: An Update in Diagnosis, Classification and Management

This review details the rosacea phenotype approach to diagnosis and classification, and summarizes current evidence-based treatment recommendations for individual features.

Moisturizers and Cleansers in the Management of Skin Conditions Caused by Personal Protective Equipment and Frequent Handwashing

Routine moisturization with non-irritating, pH-adjusted, ceramide-based products and gentle cleansing with a pH-adjusted cleanser can treat the unique dermatological challenges posed by COVID-19.

Update on Drugs & Devices: July – August 2021

The update covers: Secukinumab for SC use - Cosentyx® (Novartis), Brincidofovir tablets and oral suspension - Tembexa® (Chimerix), Plasminogen, humantvmh - Ryplazim® (Liminal BioSciences), Halobetasol propionate lotion 0.01% w/w - Bryhali™ (Bausch Health), and Nomacopan for SC use (Akari Therapeutics).

Bimekizumab for Moderate-to-Severe Plaque Psoriasis

Bimekizumab is a novel treatment for moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis that has shown promising efficacy and safety in clinical trials. By simultaneously targeting two components of the IL-17 pathway, IL-17A and IL-17F, the biologic can downregulate proinflammatory signaling and rapidly improve patients’ skin.

Prurigo Nodularis: Review and Emerging Treatments

Novel therapeutics are currently being explored for the treatment of Prurigo Nodularis. Nemolizumab and dupilumab both demonstrate promise in inhibiting specific central nervous system pathways responsible for transmission of the pruritic sensation.

Update on Drugs & Devices: May-June 2021

The update covers: Axatilimab IV injection - SNDX-6352 (Syndax Pharmaceuticals), Binimetinib tablets + encorafenib capsules - Mektovi® + Braftovi® (Pfizer Canada), Encapsulated cell therapy for Fabry disease - SIG-007 (Sigilon Therapeutics) and Oritavancin IV injection - Kimyrsa™ (Melinta Therapeutics).

Certolizumab Pegol in Plaque Psoriasis: Considerations for Pregnancy

Certolizumab Pegol appears to offer a safe and effective psoriasis treatment for patients who are considering pregnancy, pregnant, or lactating based on its pharmacokinetics and available safety data.

Utility of the Human Papillomavirus Vaccination in Management of HPV-associated Cutaneous Lesions

HPV vaccines (Gardasil and Cervarix) may indeed have a therapeutic role in patients who suffer from dermatologic conditions that are associated with various strains of HPV.

Skin Treatments Introduced in 2020

This index covers all new skin treatments introduced in Skin Therapy Letter Dermatology Edition articles in 2020.

Update on Drugs & Devices: March-April 2021

The update covers: Cemiplimab-rwlc for IV injection - Libtayo® (Regeneron/Sanofi), HA-based dermal filler - Restylane® Defyne™ (Galderma), Tirbanibulin ointment 1% - Klisyri® (Almirall/Athenex), Anakinra for SC use - Kineret® (Swedish Orphan Biovitrum Sobi™), Immune modulatory vaccines for melanoma - IO102 and IO103 (IO Biotech).

Canadian Skin Management in Oncology (CaSMO) Algorithm for Patients With Oncology Treatment-Related Skin Toxicities

The CaSMO (Canadian Skin Management in Oncology) algorithm focuses on general skincare measures to prevent or reduce the severity of cancer-treatment-related cutaneous toxicities.

Crisaborole 2% Ointment for Mild-to-Moderate Atopic Dermatitis

Crisaborole provides a novel and safe treatment option for mild-to-moderate AD.

Long-term Efficacy and Safety of Once-daily Efinaconazole 10% Topical Solution (Jublia) for Dermatophyte Toenail Onychomycosis: An Interim Analysis

Early clinical trial data indicate the increasing effectiveness and safety of efinaconazole 10% solution use beyond 12 months; application for up to 24 months appears to remain safe even for elderly patients.

2020 Index for Skin Therapy Letter – Dermatology Edition

This index covers all new skin treatments introduced in Skin Therapy Letter Dermatology Edition articles in 2020.

Update on Drugs & Devices: January-February 2021

The latest drug & device update covers: Orladeyo™ (BioCryst Pharmaceuticals), KPL-716 (Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals), Sklice® (Arbor Pharmaceuticals) and Picato® (Leo Pharma)

Pediatric Psoriasis Comorbidities

While the association between psoriasis and various comorbidities is well documented in adults, questions remain as to whether the same relationships exist in the pediatric population.

Nicotinamide: An Update and Review of Safety & Differences from Niacin

Oral nicotinamide is an affordable over-the-counter supplement with demonstrated benefit in the treatment of a range of skin conditions, most notably AK and NMSC.

Update on Drugs & Devices: November – December 2020

This update covers: Gene therapy for DEB (AGLE-102), Golimumab for IV use (Simponi® Aria™), Clascoterone 1% cream (Winlevi®), Triplet melanoma therapy (Tecentriq® + Cotellic® and Zelboraf®), Ustekinumab for SC use (Stelara®), Calcipotriene + betamethasone dipropionate cream (Wynzora®), Abametapir 0.74% lotion (Xeglyze™), Sonidegib capsules (Odomzo®) and Halobetasol propionate + tazarotene lotion (Duobrii™).

Colloidal Oatmeal use in Dermatology (Supplement)

There is mounting evidence that colloidal oatmeal can safely enhance skin hydration and even help resolve clinical lesions through anti-inflammatory effects and by modulation of the microbiome.

Dermatologic Applications and Safety Considerations of Janus Kinase Inhibitors

Janus kinase inhibitors, also known as JAK inhibitors or jakinibs, represent a new class of medication that have broad potential to treat dermatologic disease.

Elective Treatment of Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra: A Review of Treatment Modalities

Dermatosis papulosa nigra is a benign skin lesion found most frequently on the face of patients with skin of color. This article compares treatment modalities for DPN.

Update on Drugs & Devices: September-October 2020

This update covers: Guselkumab SC use (Tremfya®), Adalimumab-fkjp SC use (Hulio®), Collagenase clostridium histolyticum-aaes SC use (Qwo™), Protein replacement therapy for XLHED (ER-004), Pembrolizumab IV use (Keytruda®), Minocycline 1.5% foam (Zilxi™), Microbiome-based non-aqueous ointment (ATR-12), Dupilumab SC use (Dupixent®) and Selumetinib capsules (Koselugo™)

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