Calcipotriol/Betamethasone Dipropionate Foam: A Review in Plaque Psoriasis
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Calcipotriol/betamethasone dipropionate foam (Enstilar®) is a once-daily synthetic vitamin D3 analogue and synthetic corticosteroid fixed-dose combination foam formulation that is indicated for the topical treatment of plaque psoriasis in adults. In randomized, multicentre trials, treatment with calcipotriol/betamethasone dipropionate foam for 4 weeks resulted in greater proportions of patients achieving treatment success [of the body (i.e. trunk and/or limbs), as assessed by a physician] compared with 4 weeks’ treatment with the foam vehicle, individual components as foam, or calcipotriol/betamethasone dipropionate fixed-dose combination as an ointment, or 8 weeks’ treatment with the fixed-dose combination as a topical suspension. Treatment with calcipotriol/betamethasone dipropionate foam resulted in significantly lower modified psoriasis area and severity index scores and, where assessed, greater improvements from baseline to week 4 in itch-related sleep loss and health-related quality of life than its comparators; results were mixed for patient-assessed improvements in itch. Overall, adverse events were mostly mild or moderate in severity, and the most commonly reported treatment-related adverse events were application-site events. Notably, there were no reports of clinically relevant effects on calcium homeostasis or the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. Calcipotriol/betamethasone dipropionate foam is a useful new option for patients with plaque psoriasis.
KeywordsPsoriasis Betamethasone Plaque Psoriasis Dermatology Life Quality Index Calcipotriol
During the peer review process, the manufacturer of calcipotriol/betamethasone dipropionate foam was also offered an opportunity to review this article. Changes resulting from comments received were made on the basis of scientific and editorial merit.
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Esther Kim and James Frampton are salaried employees of Adis/Springer, are responsible for the article content and declare no relevant conflicts of interest.
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