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  1. Psoriasis Drug Raptiva Tied to Brain Infection

    (Editor's note: On April 8, 2009, Genentech announced it was voluntarily pulling Raptiva from the market.) Feb. 19, 2009 -- The FDA today issued a public health advisory about reports of a rare brain infection in people using the psoriasis drug Raptiva. According to the FDA, there have been three co

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  2. Psoriasis Ointment Gets FDA Approval

    Feb. 3, 2009 -- A new psoriasis treatment, Vectical, is the first FDA-approved ointment containing calcitriol, the active form of vitamin D3. The FDA has approved Vectical for use by adults 18 and older with mild-to-moderate psoriasis. Studies in children are under way. There's still no cure for pso

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  3. Fat Hormone Linked to Psoriasis

    Dec. 15, 2008 - People with psoriasis may face a higher risk of obesity, metabolic syndrome, and other heart disease risk factors thanks to high levels of the so-called fat hormone leptin. A new study suggests that people with the common skin disease have higher levels of the hormone leptin, which r

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  4. Indigo Ointment Relieves Psoriasis

    Nov. 17, 2008 -- Psoriasis patients showed dramatic improvement after 12 weeks of treatment with an ointment containing indigo naturalis, a Chinese herbal remedy. The findings come from a study by Yin-Ku Lin, MD, of Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan, and colleagues. For more than five y

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  5. Psoriasis Drug Raptiva Gets FDA Warning

    (Editor's note: On April 8, 2009, Genentech announced it was voluntarily pulling Raptiva from the market.) Oct. 16, 2008 -- The psoriasis drug Raptiva is getting a "black box" warning, the FDA's sternest warning, about the risk of life-threatening infections including a rare brain infection and meni

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  6. Experimental Psoriasis Drug Takes on Enbrel

    Sept. 19, 2008 -- An experimental drug called ustekinumab shows better treatment results than an established drug, Enbrel, for treating moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in a new trial. In a news release, the drug company Centocor, which makes ustekinumab and sponsored the study, calls the new dru

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  7. FDA Panel OKs Enbrel for Psoriasis in Children

    June 19, 2008 -- The biologic drug Enbrel has gotten the green light from an FDA advisory committee to treat moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in children and teens who have tried other psoriasis treatments. The FDA's dermatologic and ophthalmic drugs advisory committee spent yesterday weighing En

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  8. FDA Panel Backs New Psoriasis Drug

    June 17, 2008 -- Experts told the FDA Tuesday that it should approve an experimental psoriasis drug despite evidence the drug may cause cancer after long-term use. The medication, called ustekinumab, has been shown to reduce the itchy and scaly symptoms of the moderate and severe forms of the skin d

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  9. New Psoriasis Drug Shows Promise

    May 15, 2008 -- A new biologic drug called ustekinumab may ease plaque psoriasis, two new studies show. Ustekinumab targets two inflammatory chemicals called interleukins 12 and 23, which are involved in psoriasis. Centocor, the drug company that makes ustekinumab, has already submitted the drug for

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  10. New Psoriasis Drug Passes Hurdle

    April 17, 2008 -- A novel immune-suppressing drug appears to effectively treat moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, according to a new report published in The Lancet. Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects about 7.5 million Americans, according to the National Institutes of

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