Although there is no cure for psoriasis, symptoms of the condition can be kept at bay using a variety of topical preparations. Choosing suitable preparations is largely dependent on patient preference and the location and extent of skin affected.
Some patients may require systemic treatment; biologics, such as tumour necrosis factor inhibitors, are at the leading edge of psoriasis treatment but benefits are also seen with methotrexate, ciclosporin, acitretin, fumaric acid esters and hydroxycarbamide. There are many opportunities for pharmacists to help patients use their treatments effectively.
Gareth Malson is a dermatology pharmacist at Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Citation: Clinical Pharmacist DOI: 10.1211/CP.2013.11121703
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