New studies show cost effectiveness of psoriasis treatments

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Abstract

Psoriasis is common, incurable and often psychologically devastating. For example, between 2 and 4% of Caucasians suffer from psoriasis. Some patients learn to live with the disfiguring plaques. However, psoriasis dramatically undermines other patients' quality of life - especially among women and younger sufferers.1Moreover, psoriasis imposes a heavy economic burden. In the US, annual outpatient costs for psoriasis range from $US1100 to $US6600 per patient depending on the treatment, with the total outpatient cost reaching $US3.2 billion in 1993 alone.2

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