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Derms and Conditions Podcast Episode 33:

Fundamentals of JAK Inhibitors and What Makes Them TYK

Release Date: August 18, 2022

In Episode 33 of Derms and Conditions, our host James Q. Del Rosso, DO sits down with April W. Armstrong, MD, MPH, Professor of Dermatology and Associate Dean at the University of Southern California. The two discuss the Janus tyrosine kinase (JAK) pathway and how JAK inhibitors have become a useful tool in treating several chronic dermatologic conditions. Dr. Armstrong notes that different members of the JAK family pair in different ways and therefore enhance different intracellular signals.

In fact, these pairings are why certain JAK inhibitors are used for certain disease states and subsequently lead to a variety of adverse effects. Dr. Armstrong emphasizes the importance of knowing which JAK molecule the drug acts upon and the associated side effects for clinical monitoring. She highlights that one member of the JAK family, TYK2, can have a more targeted effect based on where the molecule is inhibited and therefore lead to fewer adverse effects. She discusses an example of a common case encountered in practice and some of the relative and absolute contraindications to starting a JAK inhibitor.

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Abbvie, Aclaris, Almirall, Amgen, Arcutis, Bausch Health (Ortho Dermatology), BioFrontera, BioPharmX, Bristol-Myers-Squibb, Cassiopea, Dermata, Dermavant, Encore, EPI Health, Evommune, Ferndale, Galderma, Incyte, JEM Health, Leo Pharma, La Roche Posay, Lilly (Dermira), MC2, Novan, Pfizer, Regeneron, Sanofi-Genzyme, SolGel, Sonoma (IntraDerm), Sun Pharma, Trevi, UCB, Verrica, Vyne (Foamix; Menlo)

Aclaris, Almirall, Amgen, Arcutis, Bausch Health (Ortho Dermatology), EPI Health, Ferndale, Galderma, Genentech, JEM Health, Leo Pharma, La Roche Posay, Lilly (Dermira), Pfizer, Regeneron, Sanofi-Genzyme, Sun Pharma, UCB, Verrica, Vyne (Foamix; Menlo)

Aclaris, Almirall, Amgen, Anaptys Bio, Arcutis, Athenex, Bausch Health (Ortho Dermatology), BioPharmX, Biorasi, Botanix, Brickell, Cara Therapeutics, Cassiopea, Dermavant, EPI Health, Ferndale, Galderma, Incyte, Leo Pharma, Lilly (Dermira), Novan, Pfizer, Ralexar, Regeneron, SolGel, Sun Pharma, UCB, Verrica, Vyne (Foamix; Menlo).


Research investigator and/or scientific advisor to AbbVie, Almirall, Arcutis, ASLAN, BI, BMS, EPI, Incyte, Leo, UCB, Janssen, Lilly, Nimbus, Novartis, Ortho Dermatologics, Sun, Dermavant, Dermira, Sanofi, Regeneron, Pfizer, and Modmed.


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