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Psoriasis Drug OK for Long-term Use

Posted: June 20, 2007

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According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, Enbrel can cost $10,000 to $25,000 a year or more, depending on the dose and how often it is taken.

One skin disease expert agreed that long-term use of Enbrel is safe and effective, even at the higher dose.

"Physicians would love to use the drug this way," said Dr. Jeffrey M. Weinberg, director of the clinical research center in the department of dermatology at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, in New York City. "The limiting factor is cost," he added.

Some patients do well on 50 milligrams a week, Weinberg said. "But many people do better at the higher dose, especially those who weigh more," he said. "About 40 percent of patients would benefit from the higher dose."

By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay News, June 19, 2007