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What to Know About Biologics for Psoriasis

There are newer treatment options for psoriasis.

One of the newer treatments for moderate to severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis is a group of medications known as biologics. Biologics are made from proteins produced by living cells in a laboratory. Here's what you should know about these medications and how they may be able to help your psoriasis.

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  2. Ferrándiz C, et. al. Cost-efficacy of adalimumab, etanercept, infliximab and ustekinumab for moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. 2012;26(6):768-777. 
  3. Smith CH, et al. British Association of Dermatologists’ guidelines for biologic interventions for psoriasis 2009. British Journal of Dermatology. 2009;161:987–1019. 
  4. FDA Drug Safety Communication: UPDATE on Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) blockers and risk for pediatric malignancy. U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  5. Questions and Answers about Psoriasis. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.
  6. Psoriasis: Biologics. American Academy of Dermatology.
  7. Psoriasis: Ustekinumab. American Academy of Dermatology.

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