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Topic Title: FDA Approves New Treatment for Psoriasis
Created On: 09/28/2009 09:57 AM
 
 02/24/2012 05:06 PM

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Cher777

I have no idea what it is like to continually suffer with flaky, irritated skin. I pray a complete cure is found.[br][br]I have read both positive and negative reports about this drug. Some people who use it experience almost miraculous results with little to no side effects. Others seem to suffer negative reactions, some quite serious. I guess this reinforces the fact that every body is different. Anyway, I hope most people benefit from the medication. No one wants patches of inflamed, red skin. I'm sure after a while, the skin is more susceptible to scarring and other types of irregularities.
 09/28/2009 09:57 AM

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MelissaDAmico

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently approved Stelara, a drug treatment for adults who have a moderate to severe form of psoriasis.
 
Plaque psoriasis is an immune system disorder that results in the rapid overproduction of skin cells. About 6 million people in the United States have plaque psoriasis which is characterized by thickened patches of inflamed, red skin, often covered with silvery scales.
 
A press release from the FDA Web site states:
 
“'This approval provides an alternative treatment for people with plaque psoriasis, which can cause significant physical discomfort from pain and itching and result in poor self-image for people who are self-conscious about their appearance,' said Julie Beitz, M.D., director, Office of Drug Evaluation III, in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
 
Stelara is a monoclonal antibody, a laboratory-produced molecule that mimics the body’s own antibodies that are produced as part of the immune system. The biologic treats psoriasis by blocking the action of two proteins which contribute to the overproduction of skin cells and inflammation."
 
To see the press release in its entirety, [url=http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm183851.htm]Click Here[/url].

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