New guidelines spell out how to use biologics to treat psoriasis

June 16, 2008

The American Academy of Dermatology has issued new guidelines on the management of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

New guidelines on how to treat psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis from the American Academy of Dermatology focus on the use of biologics. Published in the May issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the guidelines state that there are five biologics available now to treat psoriasis, with three out of the five good for psoriatic arthritis. Besides using biologics, vaccinations should also be deployed, since both approaches target the immune system. However, once biologic therapy has begun, patients should avoid vaccinations with live vaccines under all circumstances. The academy added that in a second phase, guidelines featuring topical therapies and nonbiologics will be released.