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Journal: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

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BACKGROUND: Onychomycosis is a common nail infection, often resulting in nail plate damage and deformity. Topical lacquer treatments have negligible efficacy. Oral treatments, although more efficacious, are limited by drug interactions and potential hepatotoxicity. OBJECTIVE: We investigated the safety and efficacy of efinaconazole 10% solution (efinaconazole), the first triazole antifungal developed for distal lateral subungual onychomycosis. METHODS: Two identical, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, vehicle-controlled studies were conducted in patients with toenail distal lateral subungual onychomycosis (20%-50% clinical involvement [study 1: N = 870, study 2: N = 785]). Patients were randomized (3:1) to efinaconazole or vehicle, once daily for 48 weeks, with 4-week posttreatment follow-up. Debridement was not performed. The primary end point was complete cure rate (0% clinical involvement of target toenail, and both negative potassium hydroxide examination and fungal culture) at week 52. RESULTS: Mycologic cure rates were significantly greater with efinaconazole (study 1: 55.2%, study 2: 53.4%) compared with vehicle (P < .001). The primary end point, complete cure, was also significantly greater for efinaconazole (study 1: 17.8% vs 3.3%, study 2: 15.2% vs 5.5%, P < .001). Treatment success (percent affected target toenail [0%-≤10%]) for efinaconazole ranged from 21.3% to 44.8% in study 1 and from 17.9% to 40.2% in study 2, compared with 5.6% to 16.8% and 7.0% to 15.4%, respectively, with vehicle. Adverse events associated with efinaconazole were local site reactions (2%) and clinically similar to vehicle. LIMITATIONS: A period of 52 weeks may be too brief to evaluate a clinical cure in onychomycosis. CONCLUSIONS: Once daily topical efinaconazole appears to be a viable alternative to oral treatment options for onychomycosis.

Concepts: Pharmacology, Clinical trial, Randomized controlled trial, Effectiveness, Onychomycosis, Nail, Nail disease, Nail plate

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The effect of systemic therapy on malignancy risk among patients with psoriasis is not fully understood.

Concepts: Family therapy, Systemic therapy

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In the phase III double-blind Efficacy and Safety Trial Evaluating the Effects of Apremilast in Psoriasis (ESTEEM) 1 and 2, apremilast, an oral phosphodiesterase 4 inhibitor, demonstrated efficacy in moderate to severe psoriasis.

Concepts: Randomized controlled trial, Effectiveness, ClinicalTrials.gov

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Secukinumab, a fully human anti-interleukin-17A monoclonal antibody, has shown superior efficacy to etanercept with similar safety in moderate to severe plaque psoriasis (FIXTURE study).

Concepts: Ultraviolet, Randomized controlled trial, Monoclonal antibodies, Infliximab, Psoriatic arthritis, Psoriasis, Etanercept, Adalimumab

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Patients with cutaneous melanoma metastases have experienced excellent responses to intralesional interleukin (IL)-2. This has led to its recent inclusion into the US National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines for management of cutaneous melanoma metastases. Despite this, intralesional IL-2 has not been highlighted in the US literature nor have US physicians adopted it.

Concepts: Cancer, Breast cancer, Metastasis, Lung cancer, Response rate, Chemotherapy, Melanoma, Basal cell carcinoma

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A significant proportion of patients with American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC)-defined early-stage cutaneous melanoma have disease recurrence and die. A 31-gene expression profile (GEP) that accurately assesses metastatic risk associated with primary cutaneous melanomas has been described.

Concepts: Cancer, Metastasis, Oncology, Patient, Chemotherapy, Radiation therapy, Melanoma, Melanocyte

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