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Update on Drugs and Drug News - Number 3 1999


Class Name/Company Approval Dates and Comments

Wound Care

Tissue Engineered Collagen Matrix
Oasis Wound Dressing
COOK’s

The US FDA approved this dressing in January 2000, for the management of full-thickness skin injuries. This dressing is provided in single sheets for one-time use only.

Anticancer

Bexarotene
Targretin Gel 1%
Ligand

An NDA was submitted to the US FDA in December 1999, for this novel topical therapy for the treatment of cutaneous lesions in patients with stage IA, IB, or IIA cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) who have not tolerated other therapies or who have refractory or persistent disease. The US FDA granted orphan drug designation for the treatment of patients with CTCL.

Hypertrichosis and Hirsutism

Eflornithine Hydrochloride
Vaniqa Cream 15%
Bristol-Myers Squibb/Gillette

An NDA was submitted to the US FDA in October 1999, to gain marketing approval for the treatment of excessive facial hair in women.

Human Skin Construct

Biologically Active Dressing
Composite Cultured Skin (CCS)
Ortec International

An NDA was submitted to the US FDA in November 1999, for this biomaterial and cell culture biotechnology for the treatment of epidermolysis bullosa, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis and erythema multiforme. The company is seeking approval to market this product under a Humanitarian Device Exemption, which allows access to devices that can potentially improve patient outcomes for critical diseases or conditions that affect < 4000 people in the US a year.

Antiviral

Famciclovir
Famvir
Smithkline Beecham

HPB – Ottawa approved an additional indication for this drug in November 1999. It can now be used for the treatment of recurrent herpes simplex infections (genital herpes and cold sores) in HIV infected patients. It is already available for the treatment of herpes zoster, recurrent genital herpes and the suppression of recurrent genital herpes in patients who are immunocompetent.

Antibacterial Agents

Moxifloxacin
Avelox/Avalox
Bayer AG

The German drug regulatory authorities approved this drug in September 1999, for the treatment of uncomplicated skin and skin structure infections. It has already been approved in the US, the UK and Mexico.

Male Pattern Hair Loss

Finasteride 1mg Tablets
Propecia
Merck Sharp & Dohme

The UK MCA approved this drug in October 1999, for the new indication of male pattern hair loss. It is currently available in the UK for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia.


Drug News

DRUG WARNING

HPB – Ottawa issued a drug warning in November 1999, to consumers not to use Miralex Cream (Miralex Healthcare Inc/Hueson Pharmaceutical) because it has been found to contain clobetasol, a prescription corticosteroid that could cause severe adverse reactions if used without medical supervision. Anyone using this product is asked to contact his or her health care provider in order to find an alternative treatment.

Dear Doctor Letter

Teva USA has issued a Dear Doctor letter in October 1999, regarding labelling changes for Pimozide (Orap) used to treat Tourette’s Syndrome. Labelling will now include warnings about using this drug in combination with clarithromycin and other products that inhibit the CYP 3A enzyme. This follows two sudden unexpected deaths in the past few years linked to the use of this drug at higher than recommended doses and in combination with clarithromycin.

Mouth Wounds

Access Pharmaceuticals began a trial in October 1999, in the UK with its Amlexanox Biodgradable Disc (OraDisc) for the treatment of mouth wounds. This is a polymer disc that adheres to the wound site and slowly erodes, releasing the drug. Amlexanox is already being marketed in the US (Aphthasol) for the treatment of canker sores.


In this issue:

  1. Synopsis of Laser Assisted Hair Removal Systems
  2. Drug Treatments For Skin Disease Introduced in 1999
  3. Update on Drugs and Drug News - Number 3 1999