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VIDEO: Dupilumab or cyclosporine for treating atopic dermatitis?



– Sometimes, older is better, according to Eric Simpson, MD, professor of dermatology at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland.

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Dr. Simpson was a key investigator in trials that were the basis of dupilumab’s approval in 2017 for adults with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis (AD), but there’s still a role for cyclosporine and other old standbys, he said in a video interview at the Hawaii Dermatology Seminar, provided by Global Academy for Medical Education/Skin Disease Education Foundation.

He said he’s asked all the time how to pick a systemic treatment for AD when topicals aren’t doing the trick. In the interview, he explained how dupilumab (Dupixent) fits into the picture, and how to select the right systemic therapy for the right patient. There are not a lot of data yet pointing to one option over the others for first-line treatment; a lot of it comes down to clinical smarts and patient preference.

Dr. Simpson is a consultant and/or investigator for a number of companies, including Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Novartis, and dupilumab manufacturer, Regeneron.

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