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Enbrel Works for Kids With Psoriasis

Study Shows Improvements in Skin Lesions for Children and Teens

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Dermatologist and psoriasis expert Mark G. Lebwohl, MD, says he is not surprised by the findings.

"[Enbrel] has become the leading systemic treatment for adults with psoriasis in the U.S., so you would expect it to work just as well in children," he says.

He adds that the safety of the drug in children has been shown in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis studies.

The chairman of the dermatology department at New York City's Mount Sinai Medical Center, Lebwohl tells WebMD that while many patients show dramatic improvement while taking biologic drugs like Enbrel, Remicade, Humira, and Raptiva, a significant percentage does not.

He says more drugs are needed and cites certain investigational drugs as being particularly promising for the treatment of psoriasis.

"The effects [in clinical trials] have been quite dramatic, and they seem to work for almost everybody," he says.


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