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Once-daily topical treatment for psoriasis: calcipotriene + betamethasone two-compound topical formulation

Authors Shepherd J, Taheri A, Feldman SR

Received 27 October 2013

Accepted for publication 15 November 2013

Published 19 December 2013 Volume 2014:7 Pages 19—22


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Jonisha Shepherd,1 Arash Taheri,1 Steven R Feldman1–3

Center for Dermatology Research, Department of Dermatology, 2Department of Pathology, 3Department of Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA

Background: Topical treatments are usually effective in mild psoriasis. However, the complexity of their use may result in low patient adherence with treatment. Combination of a vitamin D analog and a corticosteroid into a two-compound topical formulation has increased efficacy compared with either drug administered alone. Once-daily application of such a product would likely improve adherence. The purpose of this study was to determine whether twice-daily application of a calcipotriene + betamethasone topical formulation can provide improved clinical outcomes compared with once-daily treatment with the same product.
Methods: A review of the literature was performed seeking clinical trials comparing once-daily versus twice-daily application of calcipotriene + betamethasone topical formulations for the treatment of psoriasis.
Results: We found only one relevant clinical trial. This study showed similar efficacy and safety with once-daily versus twice-daily application of a topical calcipotriene + betamethasone formulation in the treatment of psoriasis vulgaris.
Conclusion: Once-daily application of a topical calcipotriene + betamethasone formulation may offer increased patient convenience and potentially increased patient adherence with long-term treatment, compared with twice-daily use, without reducing the efficacy. In order to enhance adherence, patient preference regarding frequency of application of topical treatments should be considered when prescribing medications.

Keywords: calcipotriene, betamethasone, once daily, twice daily, psoriasis, combination product

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