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MENLO PARK, Calif., Sept. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dermira, Inc. (NASDAQ: DERM), a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to bringing biotech ingenuity to medical dermatology by delivering differentiated, new therapies to the millions of people living with chronic skin conditions, today presented data from a post-hoc analysis of the Phase 3 open-label ARIDO study which evaluated the long-term safety of glycopyrronium tosylate in patients with primary axillary hyperhidrosis. The data showed the response of pediatric patients (ages 9 to 16) compared to older patients (ages 17 years and older) with primary axillary hyperhidrosis who received treatment with glycopyrronium tosylate (now QBREXZA™ (glycopyrronium) cloth). Compared to adult patients, pediatric patients receiving glycopyrronium tosylate experienced similar rates of improved disease severity and decreased sweat production, and reported improved quality of life.
These data were presented in an oral presentation by Dr. Lawrence Green today during the 27th European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) Congress in Paris, France.
Primary axillary hyperhidrosis, commonly known as excessive underarm sweating, is a chronic medical skin condition that results in sweating beyond what is needed for normal body temperature regulation. The exact cause is unknown. It affects nearly 10 million people in the United States, and both men and women similarly.
Glycopyrronium tosylate is a once-daily, topical anticholinergic cloth designed to block sweat production by inhibiting the receptors responsible for sweat gland activation.
“Primary axillary hyperhidrosis affects people of all ages, yet there are few treatment options to address this condition,” said Lawrence J. Green, M.D., associate clinical professor, Department of Dermatology at George Washington University School of Medicine. “The findings observed in the Phase 3 glycopyrronium tosylate studies collectively demonstrate comparable rates of efficacy and safety following treatment with the therapy in both adults and children, giving us greater confidence that the therapy may provide an effective treatment option for young sufferers of this often embarrassing medical condition.”
Results from an analysis of pediatric patients from the Phase 3 ATMOS-1 and ATMOS-2 clinical trials were initially presented earlier this year at the 76th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology. The new post-hoc analysis presented today from the Phase 3 ARIDO study was designed to assess the long-term safety of glycopyrronium tosylate in pediatric and adult patients (ages 9 years and older) who participated in the ATMOS-1 and ATMOS-2 studies, respectively. Pooled data evaluated pediatric patients (ages 9 to 16) versus adult patients (ages 17 and older). Patients who participated in ARIDO received up to an additional 44 weeks of treatment with glycopyrronium tosylate. Of the 44 pediatric patients randomized in ATMOS-1 and ATMOS-2, 43 completed either trial and 38 entered ARIDO.
Key findings from the post-hoc analysis of ARIDO include:
“Primary axillary hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that can present during adolescence and if left untreated can have a profoundly negative effect on the formative years of a child,” said Eugene Bauer, M.D., chief medical officer of Dermira and a dermatologist. “From the beginning, our goal has been to develop a meaningful treatment option that benefits both adults and children. The results of the ATMOS-1, ATMOS-2 and ARIDO studies collectively underscore the potential benefit glycopyrronium tosylate could provide for young patients currently living with this chronic skin condition.”
Hyperhidrosis is a condition of sweating beyond what is physiologically required for normal thermal regulation and affects an estimated 4.8% of the U.S. population, or approximately 15.3 million people.1 Of these, 65 percent, or nearly 10 million people, suffer from sweating localized to the underarms (axillary disease). Studies have demonstrated that excessive sweating often impedes normal daily activities and can also result in occupational, emotional, psychological, social and physical impairment.1,2
About QBREXZA™ (glycopyrronium) cloth
Glycopyrronium tosylate, commercially known as QBREXZA (pronounced kew brex’ zah), is an anticholinergic indicated for topical treatment of primary axillary hyperhidrosis in adult and pediatric patients 9 years of age and older. QBREXZA is applied directly to the skin and is designed to block sweat production by inhibiting sweat gland activation. For more information visit www.QBREXZA.com.
QBREXZA was approved in June 2018 for the treatment of primary axillary hyperhidrosis in adult and pediatric patients 9 years and older.
Important Safety Information
QBREXZA is contraindicated in patients with medical conditions that can be exacerbated by the anticholinergic effect of QBREXZA.
WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
Worsening of Urinary Retention: Use with caution in patients with a history or presence of documented urinary retention.
Control of Body Temperature: In the presence of high ambient temperature, heat illness (hyperpyrexia and heat stroke due to decreased sweating) can occur with the use of anticholinergic drugs such as QBREXZA.
Operating Machinery or an Automobile: Transient blurred vision may occur with use of QBREXZA. If blurred vision occurs, the patient should discontinue use until symptoms resolve. Patients should be warned not to engage in activities that require clear vision such as operating a motor vehicle or other machinery, or performing hazardous work until the symptoms have resolved.
The most common adverse reactions seen in ≥2% of subjects treated with QBREXZA were dry mouth (24.2%), mydriasis (6.8%), oropharyngeal pain (5.7%), headache (5.0%), urinary hesitation (3.5%), vision blurred (3.5%), nasal dryness (2.6%), dry throat (2.6%), dry eye (2.4%), dry skin (2.2%) and constipation (2.0%). Local skin reactions of erythema (17.0%), burning/stinging (14.1%) and pruritus (8.1%) were also common.
It is important for patients to understand how to correctly apply QBREXZA (see Patient Product Information). Instruct patients to wash their hands with soap and water immediately after discarding the used cloth.
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Dermira is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to bringing biotech ingenuity to medical dermatology by delivering differentiated, new therapies to the millions of patients living with chronic skin conditions. Dermira is committed to understanding the needs of both patients and physicians and using its insight to identify and develop leading-edge medical dermatology programs. The company’s approved treatment, QBREXZA™ (glycopyrronium) cloth, is indicated for pediatric and adult patients (ages 9 and older) with primary axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating). Dermira is also evaluating lebrikizumab in a Phase 2b clinical trial for the treatment of moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis (a severe form of eczema) and has early-stage research programs in other areas of dermatology. Dermira is headquartered in Menlo Park, Calif. For more information, please visit http://www.dermira.com. Follow Dermira on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
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