Dupixent Approved for Atopic Dermatitis
March 28, 2017 – The U.S. FDA approved Dupixent® (dupilumab) manufactured by Sanofi and Regeneron. Dupixent is indicated for treating adults who have moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis that is not responding to topical therapy. Atopic dermatitis is a chronic inflammatory disease that results in cracked, dry, itchy or oozing skin. Dupixent is an interleukin-4 alpha receptor (IL-4Rα) blocker -- an antibody that disrupts the inflammatory process. Dupixent will be given as subcutaneous injections. After the first dose of 600mg (two injections at the same time but at different injection sites), recommended dosing is 300mg once every two weeks. It can be used along with topical steroids, but the concurrent use of topical calcineurin inhibitors with Dupixent should be reserved for sensitive skin, such as the face or genital areas. It will be dispensed in pre-filled, single-dose syringes.
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