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VIDEO: Oxymetazoline approval expands options for rosacea



The Food and Drug Administration approval of oxymetazoline 1% cream for the background erythema of rosacea is big news for dermatologists and patients, according to Linda Stein Gold, MD, director of dermatology research, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit.

In studies, patients showed a two grade improvement in baseline erythema, and erythema reduction that lasted for 9-12 hours in many patients, said Dr. Stein Gold in a video interview, who was involved in the clinical trials.

“We have safety data that lasts up to an entire year, with no new safety signals,” and the incidence of exacerbation of erythema was rare, she added in a video interview at the meeting provided by Global Academy for Medical Education/Skin Disease Education Foundation. Oxymetazoline 1% cream, which will be marketed as Rhofade by Allergan, was approved in January 2017 for the “topical treatment of persistent facial erythema associated with rosacea in adults.”

Dr. Stein Gold disclosed relationships with several companies, including Galderma, Leo, Novan, Valeant, Dermira, Novartis, Celgene, Allergan, Foamix, Anacor, Medimetriks, Sol-Gel, and Promius.

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