Overview

Although it is now clear that psoriasis is a systemic disease with associated comorbidities, many primary care physicians continue to treat it with local agents. This case study will review when patients with psoriasis should be treated with topical therapy, when to refer patients to specialists for treatment with systemic agents, what prerequisite work-up is needed prior to the initiation of biologics/immunosuppression, and how to monitor patients with psoriasis on biologic therapy for potential safety and efficacy issues.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Recognize the physical signs and symptoms of psoriasis
  • Choose appropriate pharmacologic therapies for psoriasis and assist the multidisciplinary healthcare team in monitoring patients in accordance with evolving consensus guidelines and recommended treatment algorithms
  • Refer patients with psoriasis early and appropriately for advanced care, and engage in multidisciplinary collaboration with other healthcare professionals involved in the management of patients with psoriasis

Faculty Disclosures

Sylvia Hsu, MD

Advisory Board for AbbVie, Inc.; Amgen; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Lilly; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; Promius Pharma; Sun Pharma – Ranbaxy; and Valeant Pharmaceutical.

Disclosures

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Commercial Supporters

Pfizer, Inc.

Education Partners

Vindico Medical Education


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A 37-Year-Old Woman with Moderate-to-Severe Plaque Psoriasis