A Newer Treatment Option

One of the newer treatments for moderate to severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis is a group of medications known as biologics. Biologics are made from proteins produced by living cells in a laboratory. Here's what you should know about these medications and how they may be able to help your psoriasis.

Medically Reviewed By: Williams, Robert, MD | Last Review Date: Mar 28, 2012

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