3 years ago

Colchicine: an ancient drug with novel applications

L. Okon, D. Kornreich, I. Brownell, K. McGuinn, B. Dasgeb, D. L. Sackett
Colchicine is a historic treatment for gout that has been used for more than a millennium. It is the treatment of choice for Familial Mediterranean Fever and its associated complication, amyloidosis. The 2009 FDA approval of colchicine as a new drug had research consequences. Recent investigations utilizing large cohorts of gout patients who have been taking colchicine for years have demonstrated novel applications within oncology, immunology, cardiology and dermatology. Some emerging dermatologic uses include the treatment of epidermolysis bullosa acquisita, leukocytoclastic vasculitis, aphthous stomatitis and others. In this work we relate the history and the new horizon of this ancient medicine. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1111/bjd.15896

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