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Allergy: Atopic Dermatitis
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The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • Mar 28, 2005 (Issue 1205)
The FDA issued a public health advisory on March 10, 2005 warning about a risk of cancer with topical formulations of tacrolimus (Protopic) and pimecrolimus (Elidel) used to treat eczema in adults and children more than 2 years old. Elidel has been heavily promoted to the general public on television. The warning was based on reports of dose-related cancer in animals and 29 reports of cancer (including 8 skin malignancies and 12 lymphomas) in adults and children treated with these immunosuppressive drugs. Cause and effect have not been established. When Protopic was first marketed, The...
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • May 27, 2002 (Issue 1131)
Pimecrolimus 1% cream (pim e kroe' limus; SDZ ASM 981; Elidel - Novartis) has been approved by the FDA for short-term and intermittent long-term treatment of mild to moderate atopic dermatitis in non-immunocompromised patients at least 2 years old.
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • Apr 16, 2001 (Issue 1102)
Tacrolimus ointment (Protopic) has been approved by the FDA in 0.03% and 0.1% formulations for treatment of atopic dermatitis. Tacrolimus is used systemically (Prograf) to prevent rejection of organ transplants.