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Dermatology Pharmacology

Author: Noah Carpenter, MD and Kellie Wilson, PharmD

CE: 4 hours Pharmacology: 4 hours
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Course Summary

Many types of skin diseases can occur in people that range in onset and severity. Health providers need to be informed of the varied skin conditions and pharmacological therapy in order to appropriately inform patients of drug benefits and risks and to deliver comprehensive medical treatment. Dermatological treatment may be directed toward the management of an inflammatory process, comorbid medical conditions, or it may be cosmetic. There are evolving dermatology drug products and market factors that providers will need to guide patients on when addressing their skin health concerns and treatment choices. The effect of certain dermatological agents in special populations, such as during pregnancy can range from inconclusive to a known potential risk. When used in excessive amounts for prolonged periods of time, there are product warnings related to certain drug treatments for skin disease in pediatric, elderly and pregnant women. In pregnant women, for example, topical steroids have been classified as category C drugs, therefore caution must be observed to avoid harm to fetal health. More research is needed to determine the benefits and risks of dermatological agents used as cosmeceuticals and in the prevention and treatment of skin disease.

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Course Syllabus

I.      Introduction
II.      Skin Disease Classifications and Treatments
1.        Topical Agents
2.        Oral or Injection Treatments
III.       Antibacterial Agents and Antibiotics
1.        Mupirocin
2.        Retapamulin
3.        Bacitracin
4.        Polymyxin B
5.        Topical Aminoglycosides (Neomycin and Gentamicin)
6.        Sulfonamides (Silver Sulfadiazine and Mafenide Acetate)
7.        Nitrofurazone
8.        Gramicidin
9.        Clioquinol
10.      Erythromycin
11.      Clindamycin
12.      Metronidazole
IV.       Antifungals
1.        Imidazoles
2.        Allylamines and Benzylamines
3.        Polyenes
4.        Ciclopirox Olamine
5.        Tolnaftate
6.        Undecylenic Acid
V.       Corticosteroids
1.        Anti-Inflammatory Effects
2.        Immunosuppressive Effects
3.        Antiproliferative Effects
4.        Vasoconstriction
5.        Modifications of Cortisol and Preparation Choice
6.        Infants and Children
7.        Elderly
8.        Pregnancy
9.        Corticosteroids Dosing Regimen
10.      Monitoring Therapy
11.      Risks and Precautions
VI.      Topical Retinoids
1.        Dosing Regimen
2.        Risks and Precautions
3.        Drug Interaction and Compatibilities
VII.      Antiviral and Immunosuppressant Agents
1.        Antivirals
2.        Immunosuppressants
VIII.     Biologics
1.        Safety and Efficacy
2.        Adalimumab
3.        Infliximab
4.        Etanercept
5.        Golimumab
6.        Ustekinumab
IX.      Case Study: Tattoo-associated Skin Eruptions
X.      Summary


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