Watson Laboratories, Inc., a subsidiary of Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has announced that it has received final approval from the FDA on its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for lidocaine topical patch 5%, the generic equivalent to Endo's Lidoderm®. The product had been the subject of patent litigation, but a settlement was reached that will allow Watson to launch the product in September of 2013.
The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery, a freestanding center established exclusively for cosmetic surgery in the Washington, D.C. area has introduced MiraDry®, an FDA-approved, non-invasive, lasting treatment for excessive underarm sweating. Standard treatment for patients with extreme underarm sweating has been regular Botox injections, repeated every 6 to 9 months, to the underarms to temporarily disable the sweat glands, or surgery. MiraDry seems to take two, at most, non-invasive treatments to stop excessive underarm sweating, and appears to be permanent. The procedure takes approximately an hour.
Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc. has announced the launch of the Palomar Vectus™ Laser, a dedicated solution for highvolume hair removal. It provides fast, uniform, permanent hair reduction for the widest range of skin and hair types without sacrificing comfort. The Palomar Vectus Laser features an integrated Skintel™ Melanin Reader, allowing providers to more safely offer laser hair removal treatments with optimized outcomes tailored to each client's skin type, sun exposure habits, and ethnicity. Additionally, the Palomar Vectus Laser uses an intelligent user interface, which allows the provider to quickly select treatment parameters based on the client's hair density, hair color, hair diameter, and Fitzpatrick Skin Type or Skintel Value. Its large spot size allows treatment of male backs or female legs within 20 minutes, and its parameters are optimized for minimizing patient discomfort.
Shire Regenerative Medicine has announced that its human fibroblast-derived dermal substitute Dermagraft has been approved by Health Canada as a class-4 medical device for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. The product is currently available in the United States, where it received approval as a class 3 medical device in September 2001 and will be available in Canada in the first quarter of 2013.
NovaBay Pharmaceuticals has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA to market its NeutroPhase skin and wound cleanser under widened indications, including the moistening and debriding of graft and donor sites. The FDA also cleared NeutroPhase to be administered through a new spray pump.