AARS Hot Topics - October 1, 2017 Issue


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Industry News

  • According to a press release from Galderma, the results of a pooled analysis of four Galderma-sponsored studies evaluating the use of topical therapies for the treatment of inflammatory papules and pustules of rosacea were presented at the 26th European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Congress in Geneva, Switzerland. “This first-of-its-kind analysis shows that both remission time and quality of life are improved if patients achieve an endpoint of ‘clear’ (IGA 0), compared with patients who achieve ‘almost clear’ (IGA 1).”

New Medical Research

  • Recent research provides conclusive provide evidence that glucocorticoids promote SAA1 production under infectious and sterile inflammatory conditions which may provide significant insights to the pathogenesis of steroid-induced acne.
  • A study was conducted to compare the efficacy and safety of tazarotene plus clindamycin against adapalene plus clindamycin in facial acne vulgaris. It was found that both treatment regimens were efficacious, but tazarotene plus clindamycin was found to be superior to adapalene plus clindamycin. The tolerability profile of both regimens was comparable.
  • A case-control study obtained punch biopsy specimens from patients with HS (lesional and nonlesional) and healthy controls between October 1, 2014, and August 1, 2016. The study’s findings suggest a link between a dysbiotic cutaneous microbiome and HS.
  • A multicenter, randomized, double-blind study including subjects with rosacea characterized by moderate to severe persistent erythema and inflammatory lesions was employed to evaluate the efficacy, safety, patient satisfaction, and optimal timing of administration of IVM associated with BR (IVM+BR) versus their vehicles in rosacea (investigator global assessment [IGA] ≥3). Concomitant administration of IVM cream with BR gel demonstrated good efficacy and safety, endorsing the comprehensive approach to this complex disease. Early introduction of BR, along with a complete daily skin care regimen may accelerate treatment success without impairing tolerability.
  • Hidradenitis suppurativa is one of the most distressing conditions in dermatology with a remarkable negative effect on patients’ quality of life. Despite recent advances, there is still a great unmet need for effective long-term treatments for moderate and severe forms. This article describes the efficacy of canakinumab in 2 patients with severe hidradenitis suppurativa (Hurley clinical stage III) who had poor response to standard treatment regimens.
  • A new green micellar liquid chromatographic method was developed and validated for the quantitative estimation of nicotinamide (NICO) and clindamycin phosphate (CLD) in bulk and pharmaceutical gel formulation. The method was validated according to the International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) guidelines in terms of linearity, limit of detection, limit of quantification, accuracy, precision, robustness, and specificity to prove its reliability. The method was successfully implemented for the simultaneous determination of the analytes in their bulk powder and combined gel formulation with high % recoveries. The ease of sample treatment facilitates and greatly expedites the treatment with reduced cost and improved accuracy of the procedure.

Clinical Reviews

  • Acne is common and has negative psychological implications, correlating with severity. Young people often forego seeking help and hospital clinicians rarely address acne opportunistically. Further work is needed to investigate how to reduce barriers to help seeking for acne.
  • In a review based on translational research predicts that the transcription factor p53 is the key effector of all anti-acne therapies it was concluded all anti-acne therapies have a common mode of action, i.e., upregulation of the guardian of the genome p53. Immortalized p53-inactivated sebocyte cultures are unfortunate models for studying acne pathogenesis and treatment.
  • While assessment of available clinical trial data indicates that the medication is as effective as other available treatment for controlling rosacea-associated erythema with minimal risk of adverse effects, studies of long-term duration and direct comparison will be necessary to establish its place in treatment guidelines and clinical practice. As further evidence becomes available, the real-world clinical potential of topical oxymetazoline cream will become clearer.
  • In an attempt to learn whether high school students searching health care information believe they are using evidence-based sites and to understand their topics of interest, frequently navigated sites, and trust/confidence in the credibility of information found it was discovered that most students trust health information they learn from the Internet. It was found that less than half of students obtained their information from a Web site with health care professionals' oversight.
  • Laser treatment is a relatively new and increasingly popular modality for the treatment of many dermatologic conditions. A number of conditions that predominantly occur in women and that have a paucity of effective treatments include rosacea, connective tissue disease, melasma, nevus of Ota, lichen sclerosus (LS), notalgia paresthetica and macular amyloidosis, and syringomas. Laser therapy is an important option for the treatment of patients with these conditions. This article will review the body of literature that exists for the laser treatment of women with these medical conditions.
  • A cross-sectional population-based online survey was conducted within representative samples of individuals aged 15-24 years in 7 European countries. The overall prevalence of self-reported acne was high in adolescents/young adults in the countries investigated. Heredity was the main risk factor for developing acne.

Patient Counseling / Communication

  • Although benzoyl peroxide is a foundation of acne treatment, many patients are not following physician recommendations for its use, and its over-the-counter (OTC) availability may actually be a hindrance to adherence.
  • Dr. Eastern asks, do you answer patient emails? ‘Recently I received a lengthy email from a woman who claimed to have once been a patient, though her name did not come up in my EHR system. She asked numerous questions about a self-diagnosed skin disorder. I was undecided on how to reply – or even whether to reply at all – so I queried several dozen dermatology colleagues around the country, as well as a few physician friends and acquaintances in other specialties. Responses varied all over the map – from “I never answer patient emails” to “What harm could it do, she’s better off getting correct answers from you than incorrect answers from some ‘advocacy’ web site” – and everything in between.’