Janus Kinase and Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors in Dermatology

A Review of Their Utilization, Safety Profile and Future Applications

Mojahed M.K. Shalabi, BS; Benjamin Garcia, BS; Kendall Coleman, BS; Alfredo Siller Jr., MD; Austinn Miller, MD; Stephen K. Tyring, MD, PhD


Skin Therapy Letter. 2022;27(1):4-9. 

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Many inflammatory cytokines involved in the pathogenesis of skin disorders signal via the JAK-STAT pathway. Thus, this drug class has the potential for broad therapeutic utility within dermatology. Currently, JAK inhibitors are only FDA approved for dermatologic, rheumatologic, and hematologic conditions. Recent studies show the utility of JAK inhibitors in treating atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, vitiligo, and alopecia areata. However, more robust studies are needed to assess long-term safety and establish treatment guidelines. JAK inhibitors are poised to become important additions to the therapeutic arsenal for a wide range of inflammatory skin conditions.