Tapinarof Cream 1%: First Approval
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Tapinarof cream 1% (VTAMA®) is an aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) agonist that is being developed by Dermavant Sciences Inc. (a subsidiary of Roivant Sciences Inc.) as a once-daily topical treatment for plaque psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. AhR is a ligand-dependent transcription factor that has a role in immune-mediated skin responses. In May 2022, tapinarof cream 1% was approved in the USA for the topical treatment of plaque psoriasis in adults. Tapinarof cream 1% is also being investigated for the treatment of atopic dermatitis. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of tapinarof cream 1% leading to this first approval for the topical treatment of plaque psoriasis.
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