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Effective Treatments for Psoriasis

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Part 1 of 5

Introduction

The National Psoriasis Foundation found that more than half of the 5,600 people polled in a 2013 survey were not satisfied with their psoriasis management. These results showed that people with psoriasis needed new, more effective treatments. Fortunately, many treatments have been created since then.

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Oral treatment

A newer group of oral treatments can bring relief to people with psoriasis. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an oral drug for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in September of 2014.  This drug was called apremilast (Otezla).

Otezla works by blocking the immune response that causes inflammation. This relieves joint pain and swelling for people with psoriatic arthritis. It also reduces redness and scaling. This drug can be taken in combination with other treatments.

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Biologics

Biologics are protein-based drugs made from living cells. Theyíre given by injection or intravenous (IV) infusion. Biologics work by blocking some functions of the immune system. The immune system plays a major role in how psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis develop.

The FDA has approved several biologics for treating psoriasis in the past decade.

Read more in Psoriasis Resources

Leavitt, M. (2015, May 6). New psoriasis drug clears skin in one-third of patients. National Psoriasis Foundation. Retrieved from https://www.psoriasis.org/advance/new-psoriasis-drug-clears-skin-in-one-third-of-patients    

Miller, T. (2015, May 6). Interleukin-17 could unlock psoriasis treatments. National Psoriasis Foundation. Retrieved from http://www.psoriasis.org/advance/features/interleukin-17-could-unlock-psoriasis-treatments

National Psoriasis Foundation. (2013, January). Americans with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis spend thousands on health care. Retrieved from https://www.psoriasis.org/media/press-releases/americans-psoriasis-and-psoriatic-arthritis-spend-thousands-health-care

National Psoriasis Foundation. (n.d.). Drug pipeline. Retrieved from http://services.psoriasis.org/drug-pipeline/index.php    

National Psoriasis Foundation. (n.d.). Moderate to severe psoriasis: Biologic drugs. Retrieved from http://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/treatments/biologics

Novartis. (2014, October 20). Novartis announces FDA Advisory Committee unanimously recommends approval of AIN457 (secukinumab) for patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. Retrieved from https://www.novartis.com/news/media-releases/novartis-announces-fda-advisory-committee-unanimously-recommends-approval-ain457

 

Leavitt, M. (2015, May 6). New psoriasis drug clears skin in one-third of patients. National Psoriasis Foundation. Retrieved from https://www.psoriasis.org/advance/new-psoriasis-drug-clears-skin-in-one-third-of-patients  

Miller, T. (2015, May 6). Interleukin-17 could unlock psoriasis treatments. National Psoriasis Foundation. Retrieved from http://www.psoriasis.org/advance/features/interleukin-17-could-unlock-psoriasis-treatments

National Psoriasis Foundation. (2013, January). Americans with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis spend thousands on health care. Retrieved from https://www.psoriasis.org/media/press-releases/americans-psoriasis-and-psoriatic-arthritis-spend-thousands-health-care

National Psoriasis Foundation. (n.d.). Drug pipeline. Retrieved from http://services.psoriasis.org/drug-pipeline/index.php

National Psoriasis Foundation. (n.d.). Moderate to severe psoriasis: Biologic drugs. Retrieved from http://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/treatments/biologics

Novartis. (2014, October 20). Novartis announces FDA Advisory Committee unanimously recommends approval of AIN457 (secukinumab) for patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. Retrieved from https://www.novartis.com/news/media-releases/novartis-announces-fda-advisory-committee-unanimously-recommends-approval-ain457

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