A pilot trial of treprostinil for the treatment and prevention of digital ulcers in patients with systemic sclerosis

Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, United States
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (Impact Factor: 4.45). 06/2006; 54(5):880-2. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaad.2006.02.004
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We performed a pilot trial of subcutaneous treprostinil for the treatment of digital ulcers in scleroderma. Of the 5 patients completing therapy, ulcer size significantly decreased and no new ulcers occurred on continuous therapy. Although effective, the high rate of injection site reactions may limit the utility of this therapy.

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    • "Treprostinil is available in IV, subcutaneous, inhaled, and oral formulations. A pilot study of subcutaneous treprostinil in patients with SSc-DUs over a 12-week treatment period showed both healing and prevention of the DUs but only a few subjects were able to tolerate the injection site pain [42]. Treprostinil diethanolamine (TDE-SR) is an innovative salt form of treprostinil for oral delivery as a sustained release osmotic tablet for twice daily dosing. "
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