Tanning Beds Provide Cost-Effective Alternative to Psoriasis Treatment

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters Health) Mar 05 – Combining acitretin therapy with commercial tanning bed treatment offers an effective and less costly alternative treatment for moderate to severe plaque-like psoriasis, researchers reported on Tuesday at the 60th annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology.
"More rapid clearance of psoriasis can be achieved when acitretin is combined with PUVA [psoralen plus ultraviolet A] or UVB [ultraviolet B]," lead investigator Dr. Christopher S. Carlin of the University of Utah Medical School, Salt Lake City reported at the meeting. But PUVA or UVB may be prohibitively expensive or not available to the patient.

Dr. Carlin and associates sought to determine whether commercial tanning bed sessions could offer a cheaper and more universally available alternative. The study was partially funded by Roche Pharmaceuticals.

First, the researchers retrospectively reviewed the charts of 26 patients with psoriasis patients treated with acitretin or etretinate and commercial tanning bed therapy….

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