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Psoriasis Highlights From AADVMX 2021


Key studies on psoriasis presented at the American Academy of Dermatology Virtual Meeting Experience (AAD VMX) 2021included data on new topical treatments and biological therapies.

Dr Steven Feldman, of Wake Forest School of Medicine, reviews trial data demonstrating the efficacy of a topical formulation of roflumilast, a phosphodiesterase type 4 (PDE-4) inhibitor previously used in oral systemic form to treat psoriasis.

He also discusses a meta-analysis of the efficacy of biologics favoring newer treatments, such as drugs targeting IL-17 and IL-23.

Dr Feldman reviews the results of two pivotal phase 3 trials presented at the meeting. The POETYK study examined deucravacitinib, a TYK2 inhibitor. In a head-to-head comparison, deucravacitinib was found to be more effective and better tolerated than apremilast in treating psoriasis. BE RADIANT, another head-to-head study, compared the IL-17 blockers bimekizumab and secukinumab. The year-long study favored bimekizumab, though it was associated with a higher risk for candidiasis.

Finally, Dr Feldman discusses the significance of a study showing that psoriasis patients have an approximately 20% higher risk for COVID-19 infection compared with a control group.


Steven R. Feldman, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Dermatology, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Steven R. Feldman, MD, PhD, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:
Serve(d) as a consultant for: AbbVie; Alvotech; Advance Medical; Almirall; Arena; Bristol-Myers Squibb; Caremark; Amgen; Celgene; Galderma Laboratories; Gerson Lehrman Group; Guidepoint Global; Helsinn; Janssen; Kikaku; Leo Pharma; Eli Lilly and Company; Merck; Mylan; Novartis; Ortho Dermatology; Pfizer; Regeneron; Sanofi; Sienna; Sun Pharma; Suncare Research; Xenoport
Serve(d) as a speaker for: AbbVie; Amgen; Celgene; Janssen; Leo Pharma; Eli Lilly and Company; Novartis; Ortho Dermatology; Pfizer; Regeneron; Sanofi; Sun Pharma
Receive(d) grant support from: AbbVie; Amgen; Celgene; Galderma Laboratories; Janssen; Eli Lilly and Company; Novartis; Pfizer; Regeneron; Sanofi
Receive(d) royalties from: Informa; UpToDate; Xlibris
Holds stock in: Causa Technologies; Medical Quality Enhancement Corporation
Serves as founder and chief technology officer for: Causa Technologies

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