First FDA-approved drug for vitiligo is a ‘game changer’ (

First FDA-approved drug for vitiligo is a ‘game changer’

Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition affecting nearly 2 million Americans. It causes patches of skin to lose color or turn white, and it has no cure. But a new treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration offers hope.

“The introduction of topical Ruxolitinib is a game changer in the management of vitiligo,” said Dr. Adam Friedman, chair of dermatology at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. “Vitiligo imposes a large burden on patients’ lives and many patients suffer from shame and embarrassment, low self-confidence and social isolation,” he said.

The topical cream takes about six months to work and might not be covered by insurance. 

“It will be an insurance by insurance situation,” Friedman said. “Given this is the only FDA-approved therapy, our hope is that insurance companies will cover it to provide relief for the up to 2% of the population that suffers with this condition.”


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