Over the rainbow

February 1, 2004

Barcelona - In two Phase IV efficacy studies designed to evaluate pimecrolimus 1 percent cream (Elidel?, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.) under "real world" conditions, treatment with pimecrolimus 1 percent cream for up to six months was found to be safe and effective in infants, children, and adults who were suffering from atopic dermatitis with all degrees of severity and who had received a wide variety of previous treatments. Moreover, in both trials, subjects reported improvements in quality of life and a high degree of cosmetic acceptability, according to clinical investigators Lyn C. Guenther, M.D., F.R.C.P.C., Professor of Dermatology at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Can., and Sheila Fallon Friedlander, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Children's Hospital & UCSD Medical Center in San Diego, Calif. Results of both trials were presented at the 12th Congress of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology in Barcelona.