Topical Therapy for Atopic Dermatitis: New and Investigational Agents

Emerging Science and Management of Atopic Dermatitis

Topical Therapy for Atopic Dermatitis: New and Investigational Agents

Dec
2017
Vol. 36. No. 4
Linda Stein Gold, MD | Lawrence F. Eichenfield, MD

Recently a new class of topical medications for mild to moderate atopic dermatitis has been introduced with US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the first new prescription medication for this condition in more than a decade. Crisaborole, the newly approved medication, has relieved pruritus in more than one-third of patients within as little as 48 hours. It also has demonstrated efficacy in patients with skin of color. Topical therapies representing other new approaches to atopic dermatitis, with novel mechanisms of action, have shown promise in clinical development.

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