Skin 'n' Bones Connection issue 35 2012

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Contents:

  • NICE psoriasis guidelines
  • Treating psoriasis
  • Biologics
  • When to Treat
  • Drug side effects
  • Gene linked to psoriasis
  • MHRA
  • News
  • Letters

Editorial

Dear Reader

Once you have been diagnosed with a condition, the next question is probably “how can I get rid of it?” Unfortunately for conditions like psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis there aren’t any cures, but with good management they can be controlled. In this issue we’ve looked at the current available treatments for psoriasis (pages 4-6) and when to treat psoriatic arthritis (pages 10-12).

As part of the process of deciding on what is the appropriate course of therapy, doctors take into account a number of considerations. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has just published draft psoriasis guideline to help healthcare professionals in this process (page 3). 

Often, treatments don’t work or have unwanted side effects, so further research or monitoring is required. The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is responsible for collecting reports of side effects via the yellow card scheme (page 13), to which members of the public can also contribute.

Finally, the search for a cure continues and the discovery of a gene involved in psoriasis (pages 14-15) is an interesting development that may prove to be invaluable for future treatment pathways.

Managing editor

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