Plaquenil Use in Autoimmune Diseases by Dermatologists and Rheumatologists

It may surprise you to learn that anti-malarial drugs are used by dermatologists and rheumatologists. But not to treat malaria! Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine

plaqueniltabs(commonly known by its old brand-name Plaquenil) were first used … Continue reading

METHOTREXATE–Reincarnation of an Old Drug

Methotrexate (MTX) is by far the most popular oral agent used by dermatologists today for psoriasis and has been so for the last 40 years.  Its epitaph was nearly written after the more potent biologic immunomodulators such as Enbrel and Humira were predicted to render MTX obsolete.  Now it appears that … Continue reading

Psoriasis Treatments

Psoriasis is a heavy burden for both the physical and economic health of the nation, affecting about 7.5 million Americans.  The annual cost for treating psoriasis in the U.S. in 2008 was $11.25 billion.  The average cost per patient, estimated at $5500 per year, is much higher for more severe … Continue reading

When Should a Primary Care Doc Refer to a Dermatologist?

The answer to the question depends on the extent of training in dermatology and the individual physician’s comfort level in dealing with skin diseases.  Currently, the definition of “primary care providers” includes family practitioners, internists, pediatricians, and gynecologists, but may be expanded to include nurse practitioners.  The education of U.S. medical … Continue reading