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Clascoterone: First Approval

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posted on 2020-09-28, 20:51 authored by Sohita Dhillon


Funding The preparation of this review was not supported by any external funding.

Authorship and conflicts of interest Sohita Dhillon is a contracted employee of Adis International Ltd/Springer Nature and declares no relevant conflicts of interest. All authors contributed to the review and are responsible for the article content.

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Clascoterone (Winlevi®) is an androgen receptor inhibitor being developed as a topical cream and solution by Cassiopea (a spin-out company of Cosmo Pharmaceuticals) for the treatment of androgen-dependent skin disorders, including androgenetic alopecia and acne vulgaris. Although the exact mechanism of action of clascoterone for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris is unknown, the drug is believed to compete with the androgen dihydrotestosterone for binding to androgen receptors in the sebaceous gland and hair follicles to attenuate signalling necessary for acne pathogenesis. In August 2020, clascoterone cream 1% received its first approval in the USA for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris in patients 12 years of age or older. Clinical studies of clascoterone for alopecia are underway in Germany and the USA. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of clascoterone leading to this first approval for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris.

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