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VIDEO: With new therapies available, it’s the ‘decade of eczema,’ researcher says



– A long dry spell in the development of new atopic dermatitis (AD) medications came to an end in 2016 with the approval of a topical treatment, and last year brought the first biologic for AD to the market. With more targets and potential treatments being studied, “it’s the decade of eczema,” according to a leading researcher.

“This revolution in atopic dermatitis, or eczema, stems from our increased knowledge of the disease. We understand ... the immune molecules that are involved in the disease, and we are going after them. And I think we’ll have many more approvals in the next few years,” said Emma Guttman, MD, PhD, said in a video interview at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, where she was presenting a talk on the translational revolution in atopic dermatitis.

In the interview, she also discussed research showing that children with AD don’t have the same distribution of lesions as adults, and a study of young children, which found that during an early stage of the disease, when compared with adults, they showed much higher increases in Th17 similar to that seen in psoriasis. It will be interesting to see if “some drugs that work for psoriasis may work in children,” said Dr. Guttman, professor of dermatology and director of the laboratory of inflammatory skin diseases at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York.

Dr. Guttman disclosed research support, consulting, or lecture fees from Regeneron, Sanofi, Pfizer, and other companies developing AD treatments.

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