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Author: Anoma Ranaweera, Medical Writer, Auckland, New Zealand. Chief Editor: Dr Amanda Oakley, Dermatologist, Hamilton, New Zealand, March 2017.
In December 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved crisaborole topical ointment, 2%, to treat mild to moderate atopic dermatitis in patients 2 years of age and older. It is a boron-based phosphodiesterase 4 inhibitor (PDE-4) and is to be marketed as EUCRISA™. It was developed by Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Palo Alto, California USA), which Pfizer Inc (New York, USA) acquired in May of 2016.
Crisaborole is a non-steroidal topical monotherapy that inhibits the phosphodiesterase (PDE)-4 enzyme in the skin. Overactive PDE-4 has been shown to contribute to the signs and symptoms of atopic dermatitis.
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