Tampa Dermatologist Launches Clinical Trial for Psoriatic Arthritis Patients

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 Clinical Trials News J E 4
FDA-approved drug Secukinumab shows promise for patients with severe symptoms

TAMPA, June 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- People who suffer from moderate to severe psoriatic arthritis have a potential opportunity to join a clinical trial for Secukinumab, an FDA-approved anti-inflammatory medication. The trials are currently underway at Forward Clinical Trials, based in Tampa, Fla.

Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic disease that causes inflammation of the skin and joints. The condition affects 30 percent of men and women and usually begins as psoriasis of the skin, and then in 15-to-25-percent of cases, it progresses to psoriatic arthritis, which affects the joints. "We're enrolling people in the trial whose daily lives are affected by the disease," said Seth Forman, M.D., principal investigator of Forward Clinical Trials who is leading the study.  Psoriatic arthritis usually appears between the ages of 30 and 55, but can be diagnosed during childhood. The inflammation it causes can affect the entire body and lead to permanent joint and tissue damage if not treated immediately.

Secukinumab is an FDA-approved drug used to ease the symptoms of moderate to severe psoriasis. It is predominately prescribed to adults who do not respond to other medications.  Based on recent case studies, Secukinumab is known to significantly improve overall symptoms of psoriatic arthritis and provides patients with clear skin or almost clear skin during their first 12 weeks of treatment. "We've had trial patients tell us they are free from pain for the first time in years and they finally have their lives back, including some who no longer have to wear head-to-toe clothing to hide their condition," added Forman.

Forman is currently conducting trials for eczema, psoriasis, and psoriatic arthritis and plans to begin another eczema trial just for pediatric patients in September. Patients or parents of patients interested in the trial can learn more by watching this video, and apply by visiting or calling (813) 264-2155.

About Forward Clinical Trials:Forward Clinical Trials (FCT) is a multi-specialty clinical trials practice that provides new, innovative medicines of the future. FCT is located in Tampa, Fla. It is led by Seth B. Forman, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Forman Dermatology & Skin Cancer Institute. Founded in 2012, FCT is a multispecialty research site conducting Phase II – IV studies. FCT participates in trials involving investigational and FDA-approved drugs.  For more information, visit us at or on Facebook.

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