New psoriasis therapies coming of age


New psoriasis therapies coming of age

Publish date: October 6, 2017
By Heidi Splete Dermatology News
FROM THE COASTAL DERMATOLOGY SYMPOSIUM

Dr. Alan MenterThe pathogenesis theories and treatment approaches to psoriasis have evolved over the past 3 decades, and the latest treatments continue to show safety and effectiveness, according to Alan Menter, MD, chairman of dermatology at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas.

Before the 1980s, psoriasis was seen as a disease of keratinocyte dysfunction, with treatments that included methotrexate, UVB, and retinoids, Dr. Menter said in a presentation at the annual Coastal Dermatology Symposium. In the 1980s, it was considered an immunologic disease, and then an interleukin (IL)–12/Th1–mediated disease, with anti-CD2, anti-CD11a, and tumor necrosis factor–alpha blocker treatments from 1990 to 2004.

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