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Johnson & Johnson to Provide Drug Prices in TV Ads

Drug list prices, typical out-of-pocket costs will appear on screen at end of commercials
Treatment of psoriasis with biologic therapy is associated with a reduction in noncalcified coronary plaque and improved plaque morphology

Psoriasis Tx Linked to Drop in Noncalcified Coronary Plaque

Noncalcified plaque burden and necrotic core reduced in association with biologic therapy
There have been 48 confirmed cases of measles in Washington state since the start of the year as health officials struggle to stop the spread of the infectious disease.

Washington State Measles Cases Now at 48 Since Jan. 1

Thirty-four cases involved children ages 1 to 10; 41 patients not vaccinated against measles

January 2019 Briefing – Dermatology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Dermatology for January 2019. This roundup includes the latest...
Methotrexate is well tolerated and effective for psoriasis in a Chinese population and is more effective for those without psoriatic arthritis

Methotrexate Well Tolerated, Effective for Psoriasis in Chinese

Greater therapeutic response, fewer adverse events seen in those without psoriatic arthritis
The compendia used by Medicare for making coverage determinations are inadequate for dermatologic illnesses

Off-Label Uses in Dermatology Often Missing From Compendia

Only 30.7 percent of 238 treatments used to treat 22 dermatologic conditions listed in compendia
A statewide public health emergency was declared in Washington after a measles outbreak near Portland

Washington State Declares Health Emergency as Measles Spreads

Individuals may have been exposed to measles at more than three dozen locations
In a report published in the January issue of Value in Health

Report IDs Areas Lacking Good Practice in Health Tech Assessment

Three areas include defining organizational aspects, use of deliberative process, examining impact
An ongoing measles outbreak has led to a public health emergency being declared in Clark County

Measles Outbreak Prompts Public Emergency in Washington State

23 measles cases confirmed and two more suspected cases under investigation
Guidelines have been developed for the management of severe atopic dermatitis; the recommendations have been published as a clinical management review in the January issue of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice.

Guidelines Developed for Managing Severe Atopic Dermatitis

Management is generally in a stepwise manner, including moisturizers and avoiding triggers