Epiduo® Gel Becomes First Topical Prescription Acne Treatment Available For Children As Young As 9 Years Old FDA Approval Provides Pediatricians and Dermatologists with Safe and Effective Treatment for Younger Children Suffering from Acne
, /PRNewswire/ -- Galderma Laboratories, L.P. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Epiduo(adapalene 0.1%/BPO 2.5%) Gel to treat acne in children as young as 9 years old based on the results of a recent clinical study in pediatric patients. EpiduoGel had been previously approved for patients 12 years of age and older.
"Pediatricians and dermatologists are seeing a steady increase in children reaching puberty at an earlier age and, consequently, many children are dealing with acne sooner than traditionally observed," said Dr. , Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology at Rady Children's Hospital, and at the . "Given the nature of acne, and its direct relationship to puberty and hormones, the focus of acne treatment has been on teenagers, leaving the younger age group with limited FDA approved treatment options. With EpiduoGel's newly approved age indication starting at 9 years old, pediatricians and dermatologists now have a safe and effective treatment for children with early acne."
The recent FDA approval is based on data from a recently completed 12-week multicenter, randomized, vehicle-controlled, double-blind pediatric study that evaluated the safety and efficacy of EpiduoGel in 285 acne sufferers aged 9 to 11 years. Results showed that:
"This expanded pediatric indication for EpiduoGel exemplifies Galderma's real commitment to meeting the needs of all patients who suffer from dermatological conditions, such as acne," said , President, Galderma Laboratories, L.P. "Galderma has always been dedicated to providing physicians with innovative acne solutions, and the new label for EpiduoGel underscores our dedication to the dermatology community. We are excited to make this safe and effective treatment solution available to pediatricians and dermatologists who treat acne in patients as young as 9 years old."
Research has shown that the onset of acne is frequently seen in patients of preadolescent age, and until now, pediatricians and dermatologists did not have access to a prescription acne product approved for this age group. Treating acne in children as early as 9 years old may help prevent acne scarring in the future.
Acne vulgaris is the most common skin problem in , affecting about 40 to 50 million Americans at any one time. Acne appears when skin pores clog, beginning with dead skin cells. When the body starts to make lots of sebum, dead skin cells can stick together inside the pore. Instead of rising to the surface, the cells become trapped inside the pore. Sometimes bacteria that live on our skin, , also get inside the clogged pore. Inside the pore, the bacteria have a perfect environment for multiplying very quickly. With loads of bacteria inside, the pore becomes inflamed (red and swollen). If the inflammation goes deep into the skin, an acne cyst or nodule appears.
Galderma is a global pharmaceutical company founded in 1981 and exclusively focused on dermatology. The company has 31 wholly-owned affiliates with a worldwide network of distributors and 4,000 employees. Galderma's extensive product portfolio is available in 70 countries and treats a range of dermatological conditions including: acne, rosacea, onychomycosis, psoriasis & steroid-responsive dermatoses, pigmentary disorders, skin cancer and medical solutions for skin senescence. In 2011, Galderma acquired Q-Med, a Swedish medical device company specialized in aesthetics, strengthening Galderma's presence in the aesthetic and corrective market.
With approximately 19 percent of revenues invested each year to discover and develop new products and access innovative technologies, the company is one of the world's leading investors in dermatology R&D. Four state-of-the-art R&D centers, of which Sophia Antipolis in is one of the largest dermatology sites in the world, and four manufacturing sites are dedicated to providing a wide range of innovative medical solutions which meet the highest standards of safety and efficacy. Strategic brands in the US include EpiduoOraceaClobexDifferinMetroGelVecticaland CetaphilFor more information, please visit www.galdermausa.com.
EPIDUOGel is indicated for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris in patients 9 years of age and older. In controlled clinical studies, the most commonly reported adverse events (1%) in patients treated with EPIDUOGel were dry skin, contact dermatitis, application site burning, application site irritation and skin irritation. Patients taking EPIDUOGel should avoid exposure to sunlight and sunlamps and wear sunscreen when sun exposure cannot be avoided. Erythema, scaling, dryness, stinging/ burning, irritant and allergic contact dermatitis may occur with use of EPIDUO® Gel and may necessitate discontinuation.
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