KAUAI, HAWAII – in two phase 3 randomized, double-blind, multicenter clinical trials, Linda Stein Gold, MD, reported at the Hawaii Dermatology Seminar provided by the Global Academy for Medical Education/Skin Disease Education Foundation.
The fixed combination of halobetasol 0.01%/tazarotene 0.045% lotion takes advantage of an observation made 20 years ago: When tazarotene is combined with a potent topical corticosteroid, therapeutic efficacy is amplified synergistically while the problematic local side effects of each agent are diminished, explained, director of dermatology research at the Henry Ford Health System, Detroit.
“Tazarotene: Great for acne, but think of it again for psoriasis,” Dr. Stein Gold said. “It makes sense. Tazarotene improves differentiation of the skin; it decreases inflammation; it decreases proliferation – it does all the good things that we want to do for psoriasis.