Off-label Studies on the Use of Ruxolitinib in Dermatology

Kyle Tegtmeyer, Mohan Ravi, Jeffrey Zhao, Nolan J. Maloney, Peter A. Lio

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Purpose Ruxolitinib (Jakafi) is a Janus kinase 1 and 2 small molecule inhibitor that the Food and Drug Administration approved for myelofibrosis and polycythemia vera. It has been expanded to off-label treatment for a variety of dermatologic conditions, with several clinical trials ongoing. A review of available studies and cases of off-label uses was performed to guide clinicians seeking evidence on the efficacy of this Janus kinase inhibitor for dermatologic disorders. Materials and Methods PubMed/MEDLINE, EMBASE, Scopus, and databases were searched with the term "ruxolitinib,"and results were manually reviewed to identify published data on off-label uses of ruxolitinib. Studies included are structured by quality of evidence available. Results Ruxolitinib may have utility in the treatment of atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, and vitiligo, with data from open-label and randomized trials supporting efficacy of topical formulations. Evidence of utility for alopecia areata is mixed and differs depending on topical versus oral form. Evidence for numerous other conditions is available through case reports and case series. Conclusions There is growing evidence supporting potential off-label use of oral and topical ruxolitinib for a wide range of skin conditions. There are several ongoing investigations of ruxolitinib use in dermatology that will undoubtedly better define its efficacy and appropriate use in dermatology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-172
Number of pages9
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


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