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Thomas, Jerry; Jacob, Sharon E.

Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association: May/June 2017 - Volume 9 - Issue 3 - p 154–156
doi: 10.1097/JDN.0000000000000308
DEPARTMENTS: Drugs in Dermatology

ABSTRACT By definition, a drug is a medicine or substance that exerts a physiologic effect on an organism. In dermatology, medications and substances are utilized on a daily basis from topical treatments to anesthetics in micrographic surgery. The purpose of this column is to focus on some of the more common drugs used in dermatology, specifically their mechanism of action, how they are utilized, and routine alternatives (if available). This article focuses on the uses and mechanism, adverse effects, and alternatives to the medication apremilast, a phosphodiesterase inhibitor that is used to predominantly treat psoriasis.

Jerry Thomas, BS, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA.

Sharon E. Jacob, MD, Department of Dermatology, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Sharon E. Jacob, MD, Contact Dermatitis Clinic, Department of Dermatology, Loma Linda University, Faculty Medical Offices, 11370 Anderson Street, Suite 2600, Loma Linda, CA 92354. E-mail:

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