Almirall Acquires 5 Products From Allergan
Almirall, SA, announces the acquisition of 5 products from Allergan: Aczone (dapsone), Tazorac (tazarotene), Azelex (azelaic acid), Cordran Tape (flurandrenolide), and Seysara (sarecycline). Seysara is a tetracycline-derived antibiotic with anti-inflammatory properties for the treatment of acne vulgaris in patients aged 9 years and older. Approval for Seysara is anticipated later in 2018. For more information, visit www.almirall.com.
Aspire Higher Scholarship Honorees Selected
Ortho Dermatologics announces the 2018 honorees of the Aspire Higher scholarship program. Nine students—3 pursuing undergraduate degrees, 3 pursuing graduate degrees, and 3 who are mothers pursuing either degree—will receive scholarships of $10,000 each. The 2018 honorees were selected from nearly 1200 applicants who shared their experience of living with a dermatologic condition, as well as the role that a dermatologist, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner has played in helping treat it. The applications were judged by an independent panel of dermatologists from across the country. Since 2013 the program has granted more than $450,000 in scholarships to students who have been affected by dermatologic conditions. For more information, visit www.aspirehigherscholarships.com.
Duobrii NDA Resubmitted to FDA
Ortho Dermatologics resubmits a New Drug Application to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Duobrii (halobetasol propionate and tazarotene) for plaque psoriasis with additional pharmacokinetic data as requested by the FDA in June 2018. The unique formulation will allow for a potentially expanded duration of use if approved. For more information, visit www.ortho-dermatologics.com.
JubliApp Now Available for Onychomycosis Patients
Ortho Dermatologics launches JubliApp, a mobile application (app) designed to encourage patient adherence to long-term treatment with Jublia (efinaconazole topical solution 10%) for onychomycosis. The app offers treatment and refill reminders, as well as a game (Mission Plu-Toe) to keep patients engaged while the daily application is drying, helping to make the 48-week long therapy less intimidating. The app also includes efficacy tracking with side-by-side photographs that can be shared with health care providers to monitor progress. It is available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play store. For more information, visit www.jubliarx.com.
Qbrexza Receives FDA Approval for Hyperhidrosis
Dermira, Inc, receives US Food and Drug Administration approval of Qbrexza (glycopyrronium cloth 2.4%) for the topical treatment of primary axillary hyperhidrosis in patients 9 years and older. Qbrexza works by blocking receptors responsible for sweat gland activation and can be used once daily. Qbrexza is expected to be available in October 2018. For more information, visit www.qbrexza.com/hcp.
Rituxan Announces FDA Approval for Pemphigus Vulgaris
Genentech USA, Inc, announces US Food and Drug Administration approval of Rituxan (rituximab) for the treatment of adults with moderate to severe pemphigus vulgaris, making it the first approved treatment for the condition in more than 60 years. Rituxan also is indicated for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, granulomatosis with polyangiitis, and microscopic polyangiitis. Clinical trials indicated that more Rituxan-treated patients had no lesions at 2 years versus those treated with steroids alone. For more information, visit www.rituxan.com.
Verrica Is Developing a Topical Treatment for Molluscum Contagiosum
Verrica Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage medical dermatology company committed to identifying, developing, and commercializing pharmaceutical products for underserved patients, is working on a novel therapy for molluscum contagiosum and verruca vulgaris (common warts). Verrica’s lead product VP-102 is a proprietary drug-device combination of a topical solution of cantharidin administered through a single-use precision applicator. Top-line phase 3 trial results are expected in 2019. For more information, visit www.verrica.com.
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