Skin Treatments Introduced in 2015

An overview and update of skin treatments introduced in 2015: Quick overview of drug name, indications and regulatory status. Deoxycholic acid injection, 5-fluorouracil 0.5% + salicylic acid 10% solution, Adapalene 0.3% + benzoyl peroxide 2.5% gel, and more are covered.

Nivolumab for Metastatic Melanoma

Melanoma is an aggressive skin cancer with a generally poor prognosis at Stage III-IV disease. Discussion centres around clinical trial data from phase I-III studies of Nivolumab (Opdivo®), a human monoclonal antibody which prevents immune inhibition by interacting with PD-1 on tumor cells.

Dupilumab, A Monoclonal Antibody for Atopic Dermatitis: A Review of Current Literature

Standard therapies for atopic dermatitis have fallen short, prompting efforts to discover novel therapeutics for this disease. Dupilumab, a fully human monoclonal antibody that inhibits the actions of both IL-4 and IL-13, has shown promise.

Update on Drugs and Drug News: January-February 2016

January and February 2016: Update on drugs, approval dates, and comments. Autologous cell suspension (ReCell® ReGenerCell® ReNovaCell®), Calcipotriene 0.005% + betamethasone dipropionate 0.064% foam (Enstilar®), Ipilimumab (Yervoy®), Talimogene laherparepvec (T-Vec) oncolytic virus therapy (Imlygic™), Cobimetinib + vemurafenib (Cotellic™ + Zelboraf®), Dabrafenib + trametinib (Tafinlar® + Mekinist®), Nivolumab injection (Opdivo®) are covered.

Off-Label Uses of Topical Calcineurin Inhibitors

Topical calcineurin inhibitors (TCIs) have been proposed as an alternative, long-term treatment option to topical corticosteroids. Currently, TCIs are only approved for treatment of atopic dermatitis in patients 2 years of age or older. This article reviews the off-label uses of TCIs and their efficacy in the treatment of cutaneous diseases.

Melasma and Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation: Management Update and Expert Opinion

Treatment of PIH and melasma is challenging. There are no singular therapies that are efficacious on its own. Management, sun protection, topical lightening therapy and other treatment modalities are considered in this discussion on these growing concerns.

Update on Drugs and Drug News: November-December 2015

Update on Polidocanol 1% injectable foam (Varithena®), Cobimetinib + vemurafenib (Cotellic™ + Zelboraf®), Adalimumab SC injection (Humira®), Hyaluronic acid filler (Juvederm® Ultra XC), Nivolumab + ipilimumab (Opdivo® + Yervoy®), Ingenol mebutate gel (Picato®)

Tavaborole 5% Solution: A Novel Topical Treatment for Toenail Onychomycosis

Onychomycosis is a stubborn fungal infection of the nails that can be difficult to manage. Clinical trial data of Tavaborole is considered, as it allows for effective nail penetration compared to ciclopirox and amorolfine lacquers.

Sugar Sag: Glycation and the Role of Diet in Aging Skin

Increased accumulation of AGEs in human tissue has been associated with serious medical concerns including end stage renal disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and, recently, skin aging. In this review, we summarize the evidence supporting the role of glycation in skin aging.

Update on Drugs and Drug News: September-October 2015

Update on Nivolumab IV infusion (Opdivo®), Pembrolizumab IV infusion (Keytruda®), Sonidegib phosphate capsules (Odomzo®), Azelaic acid 15% foam (Finacea® Foam), Adapalene 0.3% + benzoyl peroxide 2.5% gel (Epiduo® Forte), Deoxycholic acid injection (Belkyra™), Hyaluronic acid gel injectable dermal filler (Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine), Dermal filler with calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) + integral 0.3% lidocaine (Radiesse® (+)

New Antibiotics in the Management of Acute Bacterial Skin and Skin Structure Infections

This article reviews the mechanism of action, efficacy, bacterial coverage, and potential side effects for dalbavancin and oritavancin, both semisynthetic lipoglycopeptide antibiotics, and tedizolid, an oxazolidinone.

Apremilast in the Treatment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis

Apremilast, a selective PDE4 inhibitor, has been shown to reduce the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. A review of clinical trial data treating psoriasis, considering adverse effects, efficacy and tolerance.

Update on Drugs and Drug News: July-August 2015

Update on Deoxycholic acid injection (Kybella™), Ivermectin 1% cream (Rosiver®), Adalimumab SC injection (Humira®), Apremilast tablets (Otezla®), and Dermal filler with calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) (Radiesse®)

Ivermectin 1% Cream for Rosacea

The etiology of papulopustular rosacea (PPR) is not well understood yet appears to involve both the innate and adaptive immune response in addition to possible infestation with Demodex mites. This article reviews data on Ivermectin cream 1%, a new topical treatment for PPR.

Hidradenitis Suppurativa: A Review with a Focus on Treatment Data

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic disease of the follicular unit that often leads to marked impairment of quality of life. This article reviews various treatment modalities for HS including laser, surgery, retinoids, immunosuppression, biologics, and antibiotics.

Update on Drugs and Drug News: May-June 2015

Update on Varicose vein n-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate adhesive polymer (VenaSeal™ Closure System), Dermal filler + calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) + integral 0.3% lidocaine (Radiesse®), Dalbavancin for IV injection (Xydalba™), Pembrolizumab for IV infusion (Keytruda®)

Current Management of Scalp Psoriasis

The scalp is involved in up to 80% of individuals with psoriasis. Topical treatment with corticosteroids with or without vitamin D3 analogues is the mainstay of treatment, but other therapies such as light treatment and systemic drugs including biologics are discussed.

Regulating Off-label Promotion of Medications: Has the Pendulum Swung Too Far?

Prescribing medications off-label is commonplace in dermatology. This article discusses the recent FDA policy chances, the debate on free speech, the benefits and risks of off label drug use and promotion, and how it relates to patient care.

Update on Drugs and Drug News: March-April 2015

Update on Human papillomavirus 9-valent vaccine, recombinant (Gardasil®9), Ivermectin 1% cream (Soolantra®), Naftifine HCl 2% gel & cream (Naftin®), Nivolumab IV infusion (Opdivo®), Polymethylmethacrylate collagen dermal filler for acne scars (Bellafill®), Secukinumab SC injection (Consentyx™).

Skin Treatments Introduced in 2014

An overview and update of skin treatments introduced in 2014: Quick overview of drug name, indications and regulatory status. Clindamycin phosphate 1.2% + benzoyl peroxide 3.75% gel (Onexton™), Doxycycline hyclate tablets (Acticlate™), Tretinoin gel microsphere 0.08% (Retin-A Micro®) and many other drugs are covered.

Male Aesthetics

Men are a fast growing segment of the aesthetic industry. This article discusses important gender differences in facial anatomy and behavior that are relevant, as well as the requirement for different injection techniques when using dermal fillers and Botulinum toxins.

Interleukin-23 in the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Psoriasis

In the past three decades, major advances have been made in understanding the pathogenesis of psoriasis. This review focuses on the role of IL-23 in psoriasis pathogenesis and the current therapies targeting IL-23 that are being studied in clinical trials.

Update on Drugs and Drug News: January-February 2015

Update on Apremilast tablets (Otezla®), Collagenase clostridium histolyticum for injection (Xiaflex®), Afamelanotide 16 mg subcutaneous bioresorbable implants (Scenesse®), Clindamycin phosphate 1.2% + benzoyl peroxide 3.75% gel (Onexton™), Dupilumab SC injection, Apremilast tablets (Otezla®).

Sinecatechins 10% Ointment: A Green Tea Extract for the Treatment of External Genital Warts

External genital warts resulting from HPV are a common sexually transmitted infection. This article reviews data on Sinecatechins 10% ointment (a Green Tea extract), a new botanically based patient-administered therapy for external genital warts.

Interleukin-17 (IL-17) Inhibitors in the Treatment of Plaque Psoriasis: A Review

Interleukin-17 (IL-17) is believed to be a potent driver of plaque psoriasis. This article reviews efficacy and safety results from Phase 2 and 3 trials with monoclonal antibodies targeting IL-17RA (brodalumab), and IL-17A (ixekizumab and secukinumab) for the treatment of plaque psoriasis.

Update on Drugs and Drug News: November-December 2014

Update on Omalizumab (Xolair®), Pembrolizumab (Keytruda®), Oritavancin (Orbactiv™), and Calcipotriene 0.005% + betamethasone dipropionate 0.064% topical suspension (Taclonex®)

5% Minoxidil: Treatment for Female Pattern Hair Loss

Minoxidil is a Health Canada and US FDA-approved medication for hair loss in men and women. This article review recent Phase III clinical trials on Minoxidil efficacy for the treatment of female patter hair loss.

Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria: Treatment with Omalizumab

Omalizumab has emerged as a very promising treatment option for patients with CSU (Chronic spontaneous urticaria).This editorial reviews mechanisms of action of omalizumab, efficacy, cost and potential side effect profile.

Update on Drugs and Drug News: September-October 2014

Update on Tedizolid phosphate tablets and IV injection (Sivextro™), Hyaluronic acidbased dermal filler (Restylane® Silk), Trifarotene, Icatibant SC injection (Firazyr®), C1 esterase inhibitor (Ruconest®), Methotrexate SC injection (Rasuvo™), Tavaborole 5% topical solution (Kerydin™), Nivolumab IV infusion (Opdivo®), Doxycycline hyclate tablets (Acticlate™)

Pregnancy-Specific Skin Disorders

This articles discusses pregnancy-specific skin disorders: Pemphigoid gestationis, polymorphic eruption of pregnancy, atopic eruption of pregnancy, and intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy. Clinical presentation, potential for fetal complications, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment are discussed.

Updates on the Management of Autoimmune Blistering Diseases

Autoimmune blistering diseases are rare, but potentially debilitating characterized by varying degrees of mucosal and cutaneous bullae formation. This article discusses individually tailored treatment, diagnosis, severity, comorbidities, and tolerance for systemic therapy.

Update on Drugs and Drug News: July-August 2014

Update on drugs Metronidazole 1.3% vaginal gel (Actavis plc), Ecallantide for SC injection (Kalbitor®), Dalbavancin for IV injection (Dalvance™), Taliglucerase alfa for IV injection (Elelyso™), and Efinaconazole 10% topical solution (Jublia®)

Review of Evidence for Dietary Influences on Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease affecting children and adolescents worldwide. This articles reviews the potential relationship of atopic dermatitis to diet and the effectiveness of elimination diets and diet supplementation in the management of AD.

Sirolimus: A Therapeutic Advance for Dermatologic Disease

Sirolimus, also known as rapamycin (SRL, Rapamune®), was approved in 1999 by the US Food and Drug Administration to prevent graft rejection in renal transplantation. This articles reviews Sirolimus, its pharmacokinetics, mechanism of action, and indication.

Update on Drugs and Drug News: May-June 2014

Update on Brimonidine tartrate 0.33% topical gel (Onreltea®Mirvaso®), Apremilast tablets (Otezla®), Miltefosine capsules (Impavido®), Hydrogel wound dressing (Loutrex®), Omalizumab for SC injection (Xolair®), Propranolol hydrochloride oral solution (Hemangeol™), Microbicide-coated condom Vivagel® (SPL7013 gel)

Recent Approval of Xerese in Canada: 5% Acyclovir and 1% Hydrocortisone Topical Cream in the Treatment of Herpes Labialis

Herpes labialis is a frequently occurring viral infection of the lips and oral mucosa. Clinical data on the efficacy of topical combination acyclovir-hydrocortisone (Xerese™) product in treating herpes labialis are discussed.

Rosacea: An Update on Medical Therapies

Rosacea is a common, chronic cutaneous condition that affects the face. Various conventional and emerging therapies for rosacea are reviewed.

Update on Drugs and Drug News: March-April 2014

Update on Trametinib + Dabrafenib (Mekinist® + Tafinlar®), Tretinoin gel microsphere 0.08% (Retin-A Micro®), Fluocinonide cream 0.1%, Hydrogel wound dressing (Loutrex®), Scar treatment (Microcyn®)

Skin Treatments Introduced in 2013

An overview and update of skin treatments introduced in 2013: Quick overview of drug name, indications and regulatory status. Adapalene 0.1% + benzoyl peroxide 2.5% gel (Epiduo®), Ingenol mebutate gel (0.015%, 0.05%) (Picato®), Efinaconazole 10% topical solution (Jublia®) and many other drugs are covered.

An Update on the Clinical Management of Cutaneous Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum is a poxvirus infection of the skin that is commonly observed in children. This articles discusses the molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV), its pathogenesis, mechanism, and treatment modalities.

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