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Etanercept curbs psoriasis in children

Etanercept can substantially reduce the severity of psoriasis in children and adolescents, a US trial reports.

In the 48-week study, 211 patients with psoriasis, aged from four to 17 years, were initially randomly assigned to 12 once-weekly injections of either 0.8mg etanercept or placebo, followed by 24 weeks of open-label etanercept.

After the initial 12 weeks' treatment, 53% of patients on etanercept were assessed as being clear or almost clear of psoriasis, compared with 13% on placebo.

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