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By definition, a drug is a medicine or substance that exerts a physiologic effect on an organism. In dermatology, medications and substances are utilized on a daily basis from topical treatments to anesthetics in micrographic surgery. The purpose of this column is to focus on some of the more common drugs used in dermatology, specifically their mechanism of action, how they are utilized, and routine alternatives (if available). This article focuses on the uses and mechanism, adverse effects, and alternatives to the medication apremilast, a phosphodiesterase inhibitor that is used to predominantly treat psoriasis.

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