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Therapeutic considerations for psoriasis

New research focuses on B lymphocytes in psoriasisResearchers at the University of Würzburg in Bavaria, Germany, are focusing their psoriasis research on a cell type that has received little attention in connection with the skin disease: B lymphocytes.
Insurers make prescribing biologics difficultA new study suggests that insurance coverage of biologics for psoriasis is becoming more challenging. The need for prior authorization is increasing, as are the average time from prior authorization submission to coverage decisions and prior authorization denial rates.
Review examines psoriasis, smoking linkA recent paper sheds light on the relationship between smoking and psoriasis. Results offer a whole scenario related to the impact of smoking on psoriasis.
Payers want more dataA pioneering summit between healthcare payers and groups pursuing standardized outcome measures in dermatology has revealed that payers want outcome measures that are published, universally accepted and practical both for clinicians and payers.
Pediatric psoriasis prognosis, management insightsRelationships between pediatric psoriasis and streptococcal infection, obesity, and genetics are discussed for their relevance to patient care.
Common questions about biologicsMark Lebwohl, M.D., reviews evidence pertaining to malignancy risks with biologics and the rationale for avoiding “drug holidays”.
Controlling complicated psoriasisPatients with psoriasis who have medical co-morbidities or difficult-to-treat phenotypes may require special consideration for treatment selection.
Psoriasis topicals continue to fill pipelineOptions for topical treatment of psoriasis continue to expand with the development of products featuring novel vehicles or new molecules. Active research addresses this need.
The implications in the future of biosimilarsThe FDA is evaluating biosimilar medications for use in the United States. The approval of these medications in the next few years could mean big changes for dermatologists and their psoriasis patients
Optimizing care for patients with psoriasisIdentification of existing knowledge deficits provides insights for future research that can further improve care for patients with psoriasis.