BACKGROUND: Few studies have examined topical psoriasis therapies in patients with skin of color. Fixed-combination halobetasol propionate (0.01%) and tazarotene (0.045%) lotion (HP/TAZ) was investigated in two phase 3, multicenter, double-blind, vehicle-controlled trials (NCT02462070; NCT02462122). This post hoc analysis evaluated HP/TAZ in subgroups of non-White and White participants, including Hispanic/Latino participants, from these trials. METHODS: Adult participants were randomized (2:1) to receive HP/TAZ or vehicle lotion once daily for 8 weeks. Data were pooled and analyzed in non-mutually exclusive subgroups of self-identified non-White or White and Hispanic/Latino participants. Efficacy assessments included treatment success (≥2-grade improvement from baseline in investigator’s global assessment [IGA] and score of clear/almost clear), reduction from baseline in affected body surface area (BSA), and reduction in mean IGA × BSA. Safety was evaluated via treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs). RESULTS: Of 418 participants, 60 and 358 self-identified as non-White and White, respectively; 115 of 418 participants self-identified as Hispanic/Latino. At week 8, a higher percentage of HP/TAZ-treated participants achieved treatment success vs vehicle (non-White, 34.4% vs 19.0%; White, 41.8% vs 8.7%; Hispanic/Latino, 39.3% vs 9.3%); rates for White and Hispanic/Latino participants were statistically significant. Compared with vehicle, HP/TAZ-treated participants in each subgroup experienced numerically greater reductions in affected BSA and IGA × BSA at week 8. The most common TEAEs were contact dermatitis, pruritus, nasopharyngitis, and application-site pain; discontinuations due to TEAEs were few. CONCLUSIONS: HP/TAZ reduced disease severity in non-White, White, and Hispanic/Latino participants with psoriasis, with good tolerability and safety over 8 weeks of treatment. J Drugs Dermatol. 2021;20(7):735-744. doi:10.36849/JDD.6158.
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