The FDA has approved a label update for secukinumab (Cosentyx) for the treatment of moderate-to-severe scalp psoriasis, according to a Novartis press release. Scalp psoriasis affects approximately half of patients with psoriasis and is notoriously difficult to treat due to the presence of hair and other related factors.
The label will be updated in the United States immediately, according to the release.
“Scalp psoriasis is on a very sensitive, and a very visible area of the body. For patients this could translate into physical pain, frustration and social isolation,” said Kristian Reich, MD, PhD, Georg-August-University Göttingen and Dermatologikum Hamburg, Germany. “Patients and doctors are in need of effective treatment options in this and other difficult-to-treat forms of psoriasis.”
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