Impact on quality of life of alitretinoin in severe chronic hand eczema: FUGETTA real‐world study

Matthias Augustin*, Diamant Thaçi, Anja Kamps

*Corresponding author for this work
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Background and objectives: Alitretinoin is the only approved treatment for severe chronic hand eczema (CHE) refractory to potent topical corticosteroids. This study (FUGETTA) evaluated the effectiveness and impact on quality of life (QoL) of oral alitretinoin in patients with severe refractory CHE in accordance with prescription guidelines. Patients and Methods: Open-label, multicenter, noninterventional, observational study conducted in Germany. Patients were treated at their physician's discretion with once-daily alitretinoin 10 mg or 30 mg for a maximum of 24 weeks. Effectiveness was assessed by Physician Global Assessment (PGA) and Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI). Adverse events (AEs) were assessed. Results: The study population included 658 patients (30 mg n = 581; 10 mg n = 77). At baseline, most patients had CHE characterized as severe by PGA (83 %). At last visit, 48 % of patients had a PGA response of clear/almost clear (30 mg: 49 %; 10 mg: 43 %). Mean improvement in DLQI scores at week 24 was 58 % (30 mg: mean [SD] change from baseline –10.4 [8.04]) and 70 % (10 mg: mean [SD] change from baseline –10.8 [7.29]). The overall incidence of AEs was low and similar in both groups. Conclusions: Alitretinoin produced rapid, marked improvement in QoL of patients with severe CHE.

Translated title of the contributionDer Einfluss von Alitretinoin auf die Lebensqualität bei Patienten mit schwerem chronischen Handekzem: FUGETTA - Beobachtungsstudie unter Praxisbedingungen
Original languageEnglish
JournalJDDG - Journal of the German Society of Dermatology
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)1261-1270
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 01.12.2016

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Infection and Inflammation Research (ZIEL)


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