FDA Accepts Application for Topical Molluscum Treatment

The Food and Drug Administration has accepted a new drug application for berdazimer gel 10.3% for the treatment of molluscum contagiosum, the manufacturer announced on March 7.

If approved, berdazimer gel would be the first FDA-approved prescription product for molluscum contagiosum in the United States, according to the company, Novan. The active ingredient in berdazimer gel 10.3% is berdazimer sodium, a novel nitric oxide–releasing agent.

Molluscum contagiosum is a benign but contagious skin infection characterized by red papules on the face, trunk, limbs, and axillae that may persist for years if left untreated.

The treatment was evaluated in the B-SIMPLE4 study, a phase 3 clinical trial including 891 individuals with molluscum contagiosum aged 6 months and older, with 3-70 raised lesions The mean age of the patients was approximately 7 years (range, 0.9-47.5 years) and 85.5% were White (4.7% were Black, 21.2% were Hispanic, and 1.4% were Asian). Study participants were randomized to berdazimer gel 10.3% or a vehicle gel applied as a thin layer to all lesions once daily for 12 weeks.

The full results of the B-SIMPLE4 study were published in JAMA Dermatology in July 2022. After 12 weeks of treatment, 32.4% of patients in the berdazimer group met the primary outcome of complete clearance of all lesions, versus 19.7% of those on the vehicle (P < .001). The rates of adverse events were similar and low in both groups. The most common adverse events in both groups were application-site pain and erythema, and most cases were mild or moderate. At total of 4.1% of berdazimer patients and 0.7% of placebo patients experienced adverse events that prompted treatment discontinuation.

The Prescription Drug User Fee goal date for the approval of berdazimer 10.3% for molluscum contagiosum is set for Jan. 5, 2024, according to Novan.

This article originally appeared on MDedge.com, part of the Medscape Professional Network.

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