Safety of topical calcineurin inhibitors in atopic dermatitis: Evaluation of the evidence

  title={Safety of topical calcineurin inhibitors in atopic dermatitis: Evaluation of the evidence},
  author={Jonathan M. Spergel and Donald Y. M. Leung},
  journal={Current Allergy and Asthma Reports},
  • J. SpergelD. Leung
  • Published 1 July 2006
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
Topical calcineurin inhibitors (pimecrolimus, Elidel, East Hanover, NJ; and tacrolimus, Protopic, Tokyo, Japan) have been approved for the use in atopic dermatitis since the year 2000. These compounds represent a relatively safe class of topical anti-inflammatory, nonsteroidal therapy. However, in January of 2006, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a black box warning on these compounds about possible concerns of increased long-term malignancy risk due to systemic immunosuppression. To… 

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