Halobetasol Propionate 0.01% Lotion for Plaque Psoriasis and Corticosteroid-Responsive Dermatoses

Abrahim Abduelmula, BScN; Brian D. Rankin, PhD; Ronald Vender, MD; Jensen Yeung, MD; Alim R. Devani, MD; Vimal H. Prajapati, MD


Skin Therapy Letter. 2022;27(3):1-4. 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


A novel topical corticosteroid, halobetasol propionate (HP) 0.01% lotion (Bryhali™), has recently been introduced for the treatment of plaque psoriasis and corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses in adults. Once daily application of HP 0.01% lotion is indicated for use up to 8 weeks. Treatment success for plaque psoriasis in the pivotal phase 3 clinical trials (defined as an Investigator Global Assessment [IGA] of clear/almost clear [IGA 0/1] with ≥2-grade improvement from baseline) occurred in over one-third of patients by week 8. Treatment-emergent adverse events were typically mild-to-moderate in intensity and usually limited to the application site(s). No treatment-related cases of skin atrophy have been reported from the studies. Counselling should be considered to optimize treatment outcomes.


Topical corticosteroids are a mainstay in the management of plaque psoriasis and other corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses. Bryhali™ is a super-potent topical corticosteroid lotion with halobetasol propionate (HP) 0.01% as the active ingredient. It was approved by the US FDA in 2018 for plaque psoriasis and by Health Canada in 2021 for both plaque psoriasis and corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses. Available in 45 g, 60 g, and 100 g tubes containing 0.1 mg of HP 0.01% per gram, HP 0.01% lotion is applied once daily to affected areas (maximum dose of 50 g per week).[1,2] It has a safety profile allowing for extended use up to 8 weeks without physician re-evaluation (provided there are observed improvements in the condition being treated).[3] Non-medicinal ingredients of this product include carbomer copolymer type b, carbomer homopolymer type a, diethyl sebacate, edetate disodium dihydrate, light mineral oil, methylparaben, propylparaben, purified water, sodium hydroxide, sorbitan monooleate, and sorbitol solution 70%. No data is currently available for its use in pediatric or pregnant patients; therefore, HP 0.01% lotion has not been approved for utilization in children/adolescents (<18 years of age), nor is it recommended in pregnant women.[1]