Skin Therapy Letter HOME
Written for dermatologists by dermatologists. Indexed by the US National Library of Medicine.
Skin Information
NETWORK
Skin Therapy Letter About STL Subscribe Today SkinCareGuide Network Site Map
CUSTOM DERMATOLOGY SEARCH:
Loading

Update on Drugs & Drug News, November 2005

UPDATE ON DRUGS

Class

Name/Company

Approval Dates and Comments

Antihistamines

Desloratadine
CLARINEX® REDITABS®
Schering-Plough

The US FDA approved these reformulated 2.5mg and 5mg tablets in July 2005 for the treatment of allergy symptoms caused by both perennial indoor and seasonal outdoor allergens, and chronic idiopathic urticaria, or hives of unknown cause in adults and children >6 years of age. This formulation dissolves without water.

Antiacne Agent

Dapsone
ACZONE™ Gel 5%
QLT

The US FDA approved this topical gen in July 2005 for the treatment of acne vluaris.

Rosacea

Metronidazole
Metrogel® Topical Gel 1%
Dow Pharmaceutical
Sciences/ Galderma

The US FDA approved this topical product in July 2005 for the treatment of inflammatory lesions of rosacea.

Vaccines

Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella Vaccine
Proquad®
Merck/ Sanofi Pasteur MSD

The US FDA approved this live attenuated viral vaccine in September 2005 for simultaneous vaccination against measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella in children 12 months to 12 years of age. Also in September 2005, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use adopted a positive opinion and recommended that marketing authorization be granted in Europe.

Drug News

Hypertrichosis and Hirsutism

Barrier Therapeutics announced in June 2005 that it has acquired the right to distribute VANIQA® (eflornithine) 13.9% cream in Canada from Shire Pharmaceuticals. Marketing is expected to begin in October 2005. VANIQA® is approved by Health Canada for slowing the growth of unwanted facial hair in women by blocking an enzyme that is necessary for hair growth during the growth phase of the hair cycle. Clinical trials have shown positive results after 4-8 weeks of use with continued improvement over time.

Case study

According to a case study in the New England Journal of Medicine*, a 62-year-old woman had progression of multiple myeloma despite many therapies, including an autologous hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation. Infusions of bortezomib (1.3mg/m2 of body surface area) were administered as an IV bolus twice weekly for 2 weeks, followed by a 10-day rest period. During the second treatment cycle, a purpuric rash, not associated with fever or itching, developed on the patient’s trunk, back, hands and face. Biopsy of the skin lesion revealed a leukocytoclastic vasculitis. The patient was treated with 20mg prednisone, and the rash resolved. The rash recurred with subsequent cycles of bortezomib treatment.
*N Engl J Med 352(24):2534 (2005 Jun 16).

Vaccines

In one of the largest adult vaccine clinical trials ever, researchers have found that an experimental vaccine against shingles (ZOSTAVAX™, Merck) reduced the incidence of shingles by 51% and dramatically reduced its severity and complications in vaccinated persons who got the disease. The randomized, doubleblind, placebo controlled trial was conducted at 22 study sites throughout the US with 38,500 men and women aged >60 years in order to determine whether vaccination with a single dose of this live attenuated vaccine would reduce the incidence and/or severity of shingles.*
*N Engl J Med 352(22):2271-84 (2005 Jun 2).


  1. New Developments in Topical Sequential Therapy for Psoriasis
  2. Approaches to Treatment of HIV Facial Lipoatrophy
  3. Update on Drugs & Drug News, November 2005