FDA Approved Eucrisa (Crisaborole) for AD

December 13, 2016
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Eucrisa (crisaborole) ointment to treat mild-to-moderate eczema in patients two years of age and older. 

Eucrisa, applied topically twice daily, is a phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE-4) inhibitor, although its specific mechanism of action in atopic dermatitis is not known.  

The safety and efficacy of Eucrisa were established in two placebo-controlled trials with a total of 1,522 participants ranging in age from two years of age to 79 years of age, with mild to moderate atopic dermatitis. Overall, participants receiving Eucrisa achieved greater response with clear or almost clear skin  after 28 days of treatment.

Serious side effects include hypersensitivity reactions. Eucrisa should not be used in patients who have had a hypersensitivity reaction to Eucrisa's active ingredient, crisaborole. The most common side effect of Eucrisa is application site pain, including burning or stinging.

Eucrisa is manufactured by Palo Alto, California-based Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc, which was acquired by Pfizer in summer 2016.

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