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Medical Therapies & How They Work
Tuesday, March 05
7:15 AM - 8:45 AM
Kevin D. Cooper, MD, FAAD
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:
- Choose medical therapies that are best suited for the underlying disease mechanism.
- Explain to patients and family the rationale for drug choice in relation to disease.
- Use drugs to treat inflammatory disease mechanisms and pathology patterns.
Medical therapies are increasingly targeted to specific disease mechanisms or are better understood as to which mechanisms are affected. Inflammatory diseases as well as neoplastic disorders in dermatology have such drugs available that help patients and elucidate the underlying disease process. Understanding drug-targetable disease processes allows one to better treat patients whose pathologic reaction pattern can be identified but whose specific subtype might be poorly described in the literature. This session will discuss examples of medical therapies that target specific basic mechanisms, with an emphasis on inflammatory disease.