Efficacy and safety of crisaborole ointment, 2%, in participants aged ≥45 years with stasis dermatitis: Results from a fully decentralized, randomized, proof-of-concept phase 2a study

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Journal Article

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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology




chronic venous insufficiency; crisaborole; decentralized study; phosphodiesterase-4 inhibitor; pruritus; stasis dermatitis; topical ointment; total sign score


BACKGROUND: Crisaborole ointment, 2%, is a nonsteroidal topical phosphodiesterase 4 inhibitor approved for the treatment of mild-to-moderate atopic dermatitis. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of crisaborole in stasis dermatitis (SD). METHODS: In this randomized, double-blind, vehicle-controlled, decentralized phase 2a study (NCT04091087), 65 participants aged ≥45 years with SD without active ulceration received crisaborole or vehicle (1:1) twice-daily for 6 weeks. The primary end point was percentage change from baseline in total sign score at week 6 based on in-person assessment. RESULTS: Crisaborole-treated participants had significantly reduced total sign score from baseline versus vehicle based on in-person (nondermatologist) assessment (-32.4% vs -18.1%, P = .0299) and central reader (dermatologists) assessment of photographs (-52.5% vs -10.3%, P = .0004). Efficacy according to success and improvement per Investigator's Global Assessment score and lesional percentage body surface area reached statistical significance based on central reader but not in-person assessments. Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders were common all-causality treatment-emergent adverse events with crisaborole. LIMITATIONS: Small sample size and short treatment duration were key limitations. In-person assessment was not conducted by dermatologists. CONCLUSION: Crisaborole improved signs and symptoms of SD and was well tolerated. Central reader assessment represents a promising approach for siteless clinical research.