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New Psoriasis Drug Completely Clears Skin in Many Patients

By    |   Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 01:36 PM

An experimental drug completely clears psoriasis in 40 percent of patients, a new study finds.

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition characterized by flaking, inflammation, and thick, white, silvery, or red patches of skin.

It is estimated that 7.5 million Americans suffer from psoriasis, making it the most common autoimmune disorder in the U.S.

Current treatments range from steroid creams and topical agents to biologics, which are drugs that target the immune system. Now researchers say they’ve found that a new experimental drug, ixekizumab, outperforms older medications.

Researchers at the University of Manchester in the UK tested 2,500 people with psoriasis. Half were given ixekizumab either once every two or four weeks. The other half received a placebo or a widely used psoriasis drug called etanercept.

The researchers found that the newer drug markedly outperformed the older one, clearing psoriatic plaques completely in 40 percent of patients.

Ixekizumab was found to be fast-acting, with 90 percent of those patients showing improvement after only one month, and 71 percent of those markedly better after 12 weeks.

The study is published in the current issue of the journal Lancet.



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