There are major scientific breakthroughs in the management of eczema. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in June reported a new drug Dupilumab to be highly effective.
A novel agent dupilumab a monoclonal antibody that targets cytokines involved in type 2 helper T cell (Th2) activation, dupilumab has already demonstrated preliminary efficacy for asthma, a disease which is known to be driven, at least in part, by Th2 activation. Furthermore, Th2 activation has also been implicated in the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis, a disease characterized by skin barrier abnormalities, Th2 immune responses, and pruritis. – See more at: http://blogs.nejm.org/now/index.php/dupilumab-as-a-treatment-for-atopic-dermatitis/2014/07/09/#sthash.0dc14Zi3.dpuf
Dupilumab showed rapid and dose dependent improvements in all clinical outcomes that were tested, such as pruritis scale rating and improvement in eczema area.
This improvement was also seen in patients treated with dupilumab at the four-week point in study M12, and this treatment group continued to improve throughout the entire 12-week course. Similarly, in study C4, patients treated with dupilumab in combination with topical glucocorticosteroids had better improvements in clinical outcomes than those treated with placebo and topical glucocorticosteroids. Finally, in terms of safety measures, there were more mild to moderate adverse events in the patients treated with dupilumab (i.e. nasopharyngitis and headache), but there were more serious adverse events in the placebo group, mostly due to skin infections and atopic dermatitis.
– See more at: http://blogs.nejm.org/now/index.php/dupilumab-as-a-treatment-for-atopic-dermatitis/2014/07/09/#sthash.2CIAPjgu.dpuf