FDA approves actinic keratosis treatment

Leo Pharma's Picato gel approved

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a topical treatment made by Leo Pharma for a skin condition that can lead to cancer, the drug maker said Wednesday.

Leo announced the FDA approval of Picato (ingenol mebutate) gel in the 0.015%/0.05% strength for actinic keratosis, also known as AK, which is a precancerous condition resulting from cumulative sun exposure that has the potential to lead to squamous cell carcinoma.

"Since there is no way to predict which actinic keratosis will advance to skin cancer, early detection and treatment of lesions are critical," said Mark Lebwohl of the Department of Dermatology at New York's Mount Sinai Medical Center and an investigator of a late-stage clinical trial of the drug. "What makes this new solution particularly exciting is the two- or three-day course of treatment."

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 1-in-5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetimes, and studies have shown that about 65% of cases of squamous cell carcinoma begin as untreated actinic keratosis.

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- 1:33 AM
alfred almond says

The sun isn't the only thing that causes actinic keratosis.Facial laser treatments such as laser resurfacing and just about any other laser treatment will cause this. The heat from these lasers is more stronger than the sun and will cause extensive damage far below the surface of the skin.I think FDA had to tasted this before approved it.

- 7:03 AM
hadwin patrise says

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- 2:09 AM
irvine lampson says

As FDA approved actinic keratosis treatment then it would be better on skin condition and also helpful in preventing skin cancer. Regards, Irvine

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