Enbrel Works for Kids With Psoriasis
Study Shows Improvements in Skin Lesions for Children and Teens
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.