Some Eczema Treatments Better Than Others

Study finds tacrolimus ointment more effective than pimecrolimus cream

THURSDAY, July 29, 2004 (HealthDayNews) -- Tacrolimus ointment is more effective than pimecrolimus cream for treating children and adults with atopic dermatitis -- better known as eczema.

That finding was presented July 29 at a meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in New York City.

The six-week study of 1,056 people with mild to severe eczema also found there was no statistical difference between the treatments in terms of burning and stinging.

"This study is the first large, well-designed comparative trial to examine tacrolimus ointment and pimecrolimus cream in the same patient populations, including age, disease severity, length of treatment, efficacy endpoints and adverse events," study investigator Dr. Alan Fleischer said in a prepared statement.

"In this study, tacrolimus ointment seemed to work better for all severities of atopic dermatitis than pimecrolimus, including mild sufferers and particularly in severe patients," said Fleischer, a professor, chairman and director of the General Dermatology Clinic at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

The study was funded by Fujisawa Healthcare Inc., which makes tacrolimus ointment.

More information

The American Academy of Dermatology has more about eczema.

SOURCE: Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, news release, July 29, 2004
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