Update on Drugs and Drug News: October, 1997

Update on: Amphotericin B Lipid Complex Injection Abelcet®Butenafine HCl Cream 1% Mentax® Itraconazole Sporanox® Acitretin Soriatane® Penciclovir cream 1% Denavir® Valacyclovir Valtrex® Laser device Sharplan Silktouch laser® Permethrin lotion Nix® Ivermectin Mectizan® (6 mg tablet)

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) in Dermatology: Sooner or Later?

Although PDT remains an investigational treatment modality in dermatology, several important areas of development may ultimately lead to official and practical acceptance of PDT for the skin. Various uses of PDT are evaluated.

The Skin-Cap® Story

A review of the history surrounding the Skin-Cap controversy as it unfolded.

Update on Drugs and Drug News: September, 1997

Update on: Tazarotene Gel 0.05%, 0.1% Tazorac® topical gel Ketoconazole Shampoo 2% Nizoral® Fluticasone proprionate Cutivate® Cream 0.05% Amoxicillin/clavulanic acid Augmentin®Indinavir, Crixivan®Nelfinavir, Viracept®Ritonavir, Norvir®Saquinavir, Invirase® Acitretin Soriatane®, Neotigason®

Medicated Shampoos are Effective in Many Scalp Conditions

Scalp conditions such as itchy scalp, dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, and scalp psoriasis are common. The emotional effect these complaints cause are often ignored or trivialized, but as dermatologists we should appreciate the relief that appropriate advice and treatment will bring to our patients.

Human Skin Equivalent (HSE) , Apligraf Part II Clinical Use

Preparation of the wound bed, proper application of Apligraf, and patient compliance with underlying therapy for underlying disease are probably the most important determinants of clinical efficacy. Part 2 of the series.

Penciclovir Cream – A New Treatment for Herpes Labialis

Penciclovir cream (Vectavir™/Denavir™, SmithKline Beecham) is a novel product, approved in 15 countries including the USA and UK, for the treatment of herpes simplex labialis in immunocompetent adults.

Update on Drugs and Drug News: June, 1997

Update on: Tretinoin gel 0.1% Retin-A Micro® Delavirdine Rescriptor® Nelfinavir Viracept®Calcipotriene ointment Dovonex® Valacyclovir tablet Valtrex®Pulsed Er:Yag laser system Derma 20®Human skin equivalent Apligraf®Podofilox gel 0.5% Condylox®

Update on Sunscreens

Sunscreens have been in use for nearly 70 years. Originally designed to protect against sunburn, enable longer sun exposure and promote tanning, sunscreens are now often promoted as a method for preventing skin cancer and skin aging.

Current Approaches to the Management of Post Herpetic Neuralgia: Part 2 — Non-Systemic

In this article, we examine the other approaches to PHN management. Claims have been made for products ranging from vitamins to snake venom for patients who develop PHN.

Human Skin Equivalent, Apligraf. — Cellular technology benefits wound repairs

In April 1997, Apligraf® (Novartis), an in vitro construct of human skin (human skin equivalent HSE1), gained approval from the HPB in Canada for use in healing venous leg ulcers. This was the first major regulatory body to approve HSE for this indication.

Update on Drugs and Drug News: December, 1996

Update on: Amphotericin B Lipid Complex Injection Abelcet®Butenafine HCl Cream 1% Mentax® Itraconazole Sporanox®Acitretin Soriatane® Penciclovir cream 1% Denavir®Valacyclovir Valtrex®Laser device Sharplan Silktouch laser®Permethrin lotion Nix®Ivermectin Mectizan® (6 mg tablet)

Female Hair Loss

Androgenetic alopecia is a stressful experience for both sexes, but possibly more distressing for women. An overview of the condition, treatments, and considerations surrounding alopecia.

Scalp Psoriasis

Various treatment modalities for the treatment of scalp psoriasis are considered, as well as their upsides and downsides. A list of practical tips in management are also provided.

Erythromycin 3% & Benzoyl peroxide 5% Gel for Acne

Benzoyl peroxide 5% plus erythromycin 3% (Benzamycin. gel, Dermik) will be evaluated. Although it is not known how effective it is compared with benzoyl peroxide and erythromycin prescribed separately, Benzamycin® is simpler to use and likely to improve patient compliance.