PSOLVE+ Scan: New articles on severe psoriasis September 01, 2021
Arch Dermatol Res. 2021 Aug 31. doi: 10.1007/s00403-021-02273-4. Online ahead of print.Dose reduction (DR) of biologics, where possible, seems promising for more efficient use of expensive biologics. For implementation of DR strategies, it is essential to get insight in factors that influence implementation. The objective of this study was to evaluate the attitudes and behaviour regarding dose reduction of biologic therapies for psoriasis among psoriasis expert dermatologists worldwide. A 27-question e-survey was sent through the International Psoriasis Council (IPC) to its 114 dermatologist councilors worldwide. The survey assessed demographics, general and DR prescription behaviour, and motivations for and barriers against application of DR. Of 57 respondents, 53 respondents who prescribed biologics were included for analysis. Thirty-seven (69.8%) applied DR (i.e., 'DR dermatologists'), and 16 (30.2%) did not (i.e., 'Non-DR dermatologists'). DR strategies varied among respondents. Regarding criteria for starting DR, differences were reported in required treatment duration, and interpretation and duration of stable low disease activity. In addition, the prolongation of intervals between injections varied between respondents. For most 'DR dermatologists' (n = 32/37, 86.5%), cost savings were one of the main reasons to apply DR. Fifteen out of 16 'Non-DR dermatologists' (94%) did not apply DR due to lack of scientific evidence. In conclusion, DR of biologics for psoriasis is part of clinical practice in psoriasis experts globally. Barriers for applying DR included lack of evidence or guidelines, and uncertainty on DR effects and risks. Although growing evidence shows DR feasibility, future studies are needed to accumulate and broaden evidence, along with development of (inter)national guidelines on DR strategies.PMID:34467442 | DOI:10.1007/s00403-021-02273-4

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