LAVAL, Quebec, Feb. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/— Ortho Dermatologics, a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX and TSX: VRX) ("Valeant"), today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted the New Drug Application for JEMDEL™1 (halobetasol propionate 0.01%) (IDP-122) lotion with a PDUFA action date of Oct. 5, 2018. If approved, JEMDEL will be the first high-potency topical steroid treatment for plaque psoriasis with dosing for as long as eight weeks. In the clinical trials, the most common adverse event was upper respiratory tract infection.
"The impact of psoriasis can be devastating for the millions of patients who live with the pain and stigma of this lifelong chronic condition," said Joseph C. Papa, chairman and CEO, Valeant. "If approved, we believe JEMDEL will be an important option for patients with plaque psoriasis."
Psoriasis is a chronic, painful and frequently life-altering immune-mediated inflammatory skin disease associated with serious comorbidities and substantial impairment of physical and psychological quality of life. More than 75% of patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis experience significant itching, and greater than 55% report moderate or worse levels of pain.2
About Ortho Dermatologics
Ortho Dermatologics, a Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. company, is one of the largest prescription dermatology businesses in the world dedicated to helping patients in the treatment of a range of therapeutic areas, including psoriasis, actinic keratosis, acne, atopic dermatitis and other dermatoses. The Ortho Dermatologics portfolio includes several leading acne, anti-fungal and anti-infective products. More information can be found at www.ortho-dermatologics.com.
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2 World Health Organization Global Report on Psoriasis
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