Clinical Review

New Systemic Therapies for Psoriasis

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Another Jak inhibitor under investigationfor the treatment of psoriasis is ruxolitinib, an inhibitor of Jak1 and Jak2, which has been primarily studied as a topical agent for milder cases of the disease.28


Many new drugs are currently on the horizon and will increase our armamentarium for treating psoriasis. Some of these agents promise greater levels of efficacy than currently used therapies. Although this review focuses on systemic agents, there also are a number of topical formulations in the pipeline. These new agents will certainly increase our options when choosing the most suitable treatment for a patient with psoriasis, but safety will remain a primary concern, and time and experience will tell whether efficacy outweighs any potential side effects.


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