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Halobetasol propionate safe,effective treatment of psoriasis

Halobetasol propionate safe,effective treatment of psoriasis

A new study published in Journal of Drugs in Dermatology reports that Halobetasol propionate 0.01 percent lotion (BRYHALI Lotion) appears safe and effective for the treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis.

Lawrence J. Green and associates conducted a study to investigate the safety and efficacy of halobetasol propionate 0.01% lotion in moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis.

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The investigators conducted two multicentered, randomized, double-blind, vehicle-controlled phase 3 studies (N=430) where the study participants were randomized (2:1) to halobetasol propionate 0.01% lotion or vehicle once-daily for 8 weeks, 4-week posttreatment follow-up.

Key study findings:

  • Halobetasol propionate 0.01% lotion demonstrated statistically significant superiority over the vehicle as early as week 2.
  • By week 8, 36.5% (Study 1) and 38.4% (Study 2) of subjects were treatment successes compared with 8.1% and 12.0% on the vehicle.
  • Halobetasol propionate 0.01% lotion was also superior in reducing psoriasis signs and symptoms, body surface area (BSA), and improving quality of life.
  • Halobetasol propionate 0.01% lotion was well-tolerated with no treatment-related AEs greater than 1%.

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The study concluded that Halobetasol propionate 0.01% lotion was associated with significant reductions in the severity of the clinical signs of psoriasis, without the safety concerns of a longer treatment course.

Psoriasis is a chronic, immune-mediated disease that affects approximately 2% of the population. The use of topical therapy is a key component in the management of almost all psoriasis patients. Topicals are considered first-line therapy for mild disease and are having an increasing role in moderate-to-severe psoriasis. The use of topical corticosteroids (TCS) is commonplace, mainly due to their immunosuppressive, anti-inflammatory, and anti-proliferative properties.

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Source: With inputs from the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology

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