Obagi Medical Products Launches SoluCLENZ Rx Gel, the Only Prescription Solubilized Benzoyl Peroxide for Acne
Obagi Medical Products, Inc. (Nasdaq:OMPI), a leader in topical aesthetic and therapeutic skin health systems, announced today the launch of SoluCLENZ Rx Gel(TM), a solubilized benzoyl peroxide (BPO) gel for the treatment of acne. SoluCLENZ Rx Gel will be available only by prescription starting in mid-August and will be promoted by Obagi Medical’s specialty dermatology sales force.
SoluCLENZ Rx Gel contains 5% solubilized BPO, which enhances the follicular penetration of BPO. Traditional BPO formulations are poorly soluble and many contain micro and macro crystals that may be too large to enter the follicles and treat acne at the source. Based on a series of clinical studies conducted over the past several years, Obagi Medical has consistently demonstrated that SoluCLENZ Rx Gel is a novel treatment alternative that provides clinically significant lesion reductions that are comparable to the leading prescription BPO/antibiotic combination products, without the use of a topical antibiotic.
“At Obagi Medical, we pride ourselves on being business partners with physicians and delivering innovative skin health products,” said Steven Carlson, Chief Executive Officer of Obagi Medical Products. “With the launch of our solubilized BPO technology as a prescription-only product in the pharmacy channel, we continue to offer more options to our physicians. The launch of SoluCLENZ Rx Gel will help dermatologists not only meet, but exceed their patients’ expectations.”
About Solubilized Benzoyl Peroxide
Obagi Medical’s proprietary, solubilized BPO, known as SoluZyl Technology, is 1/10,000 the size of any other BPO molecule available, so it can penetrate deep into the root of the follicle and treat acne where it starts. Obagi Medical’s solubilized 5% BPO is clinically proven to kill more P. acnes bacteria faster than the leading gel BPO/antibiotic combination product.
SoluCLENZ Rx is a 5% solubilized BPO gel that uses proprietary ingredients and is indicated for the treatment of acne.
Of the patients who experienced expected signs and symptoms of treatment (erythema, peeling, dryness, burning and/or stinging) during clinical studies, the majority of cases were mild to moderate, occurred during the early weeks of treatment and decreased or resolved over time. Although rare, allergic reactions have been reported with topical benzoyl peroxide therapy.
About Obagi Medical Products, Inc.
Obagi Medical Products develops and commercializes skin health products for the dermatology, plastic surgery, and related aesthetic markets. Using its Penetrating Therapeutics(TM) technologies, Obagi Medical’s products are designed to improve penetration of agents across the skin barrier for common and visible skin conditions in adult skin including chloasma, melasma, senile lentigines, acne vulgaris and sun damage. The history of Obagi’s skin care product introductions is as follows: Obagi Nu-Derm(R), 1988; Obagi-C(R) Rx (the first and only prescription-strength vitamin C and hydroquinone system), 2004; Obagi(R) Professional-C (a line of highly stable vitamin C serums), 2005; Obagi(R) Condition and Enhance for use with cosmetic procedures to enhance patient outcomes and satisfaction, 2006; Obagi ELASTIderm(TM) eye treatment and Obagi CLENZIderm(R) M.D. acne therapeutic systems, 2007; a formulation of Obagi CLENZIderm(R) M.D. Systems for normal to dry skin, June 2007; and Obagi ELASTIderm(TM) Decolletage System, January 2008 and SoluCLENZ Rx Gel for the pharmacy channel in August 2008. Visit www.obagi.com for information.
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