Cure in sight?
Arthritis drugs are being used to treat vitiligo patients
Drugs for treating arthritis can re-pigment skin damaged by vitiligo
VITILIGO IS a common, psychologically devastating condition that causes skin to lose its pigments or color. Now, dermatologists at Yale School of Medicine say medication for treating rheumatoid arthritis can be used to restore skin color in a patient suffering from vitiligo—a condition that plagued late pop star Michael Jackson. They administered tofacitinib, used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, to a 53-year-old patient with prominent white spots covering her face, hands, and body. Within two months of treatment, the patient experienced partial repigmentation on her face, arms, and hands. After five months, the white spots on her face and hands were nearly gone, with only a few spots remaining on other parts of her body. Notably, tofacitinib caused no adverse side effects during the course of treatment. JAMA Dermatology, June 24