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Psoriasis is a chronic, immune-mediated inflammatory disorder with a significant negative impact on quality of life. Most patients with mild-to-moderate psoriasis manage their disease with topical therapies; the most commonly used formulations contain corticosteroids and/or vitamin D3 analogues. However, adherence to topical treatment remains a significant issue as the daily treatment regimen can be cumbersome and time consuming and many patients do not obtain complete/almost complete clearance. Areas covered: Published pre-clinical and clinical data evaluating calcipotriol 50 µg/g (Cal) and betamethasone 0.5 mg/g as dipropionate (BD) aerosol foam in patients with psoriasis. Expert opinion: Cal/BD aerosol foam, a once-daily, alcohol-free, paraffin-based vehicle with emollient properties, was developed to increase the therapeutic options available to patients. Cal/BD aerosol foam is rapidly effective for treating psoriasis and the greater efficacy compared with the ointment and gel formulations is consistent and clinically relevant. This enhanced efficacy is due to improved skin penetration of the active ingredients following the formation of a stable supersaturated solution on the skin. Studies have shown increasing patient satisfaction with Cal/BD aerosol foam. It is hoped that this optimized formulation of Cal/BD will improve adherence and help to address the unmet medical needs of patients with mild-to-moderate psoriasis.


Carle Paul, Bo Bang, Mark Lebwohl. Fixed combination calcipotriol plus betamethasone dipropionate aerosol foam in the treatment of psoriasis vulgaris: rationale for development and clinical profile. Expert opinion on pharmacotherapy. 2017 Jan;18(1):115-121

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