FDA Approves Astellas's Protopic

Protopic Ointment is a prescription ointment used to treat moderate to severe eczema.

Protopic is for use after other prescription medicines have not worked or when a doctor recommends that other prescription medicines should not be used. Protopic should be used for short periods, and, if needed, treatment may be repeated with breaks in between.

This form of tacrolimus is used on the skin to treat a skin condition called eczema (atopic dermatitis) in patients who have not responded well to (or should not use) other eczema medications.
Eczema is an allergic-type condition that causes red, irritated, and itchy skin. This drug works by weakening the skin's defense (immune) system, thereby decreasing the allergic reaction and relieving the eczema. Tacrolimus belongs to a class of drugs known as topical calcineurin inhibitors (TCIs).
This medication is not recommended if you have a history of a certain rare genetic disorder (Netherton's syndrome). Also, this medication should not be used by anyone who has a weakened immune system (e.g., following an organ transplant).

Protopic Ointment is used to treat moderate to severe atopic dermatitis, a form of eczema. It should be used only for a short time. It is not for continuous long-term use.
Protopic Ointment should not be the first prescription treatment that you try to treat your atopic dermatitis. Use Protopic Ointment only after other prescription treatments did not work or if other prescription treatments are not right for you.
Protopic Ointment is approved for adults and children 2 years and older with normal immune systems.
Protopic Ointment is available in two strengths, 0.03% and 0.1%.
Adults can use both strengths of Protopic Ointment.
In children 2 to 15 years old, only the 0.03% strength of Protopic Ointment is approved for use.

Protopic is a topical macrolide immunosuppressant. It works by decreasing cell activity in the body's immune system which helps to slow down the growth of atopic dermatitis (eczema) on your skin.

Protopic is used to treat severe atopic dermatitis when other medications have not worked well.