New drugs may pre­vent bald­ness

Shepparton News - Country News - - COUNTRY LIFE -

Peo­ple liv­ing with an au­toim­mune dis­or­der that causes sud­den hair loss may not have to go bald thanks to a suc­cess­ful drug trial.

A Uni­ver­sity of Mel­bourne-led trial found alope­cia areata could be treated with two new drugs known as Janus ki­nase in­hibitors.

The ran­domised place­bo­con­trolled study of pa­tients, aged 18 to 75, eval­u­ated the ef­fi­cacy and safety of the drugs to treat the con­di­tion over 24 weeks.

Pro­fes­sor of Der­ma­tol­ogy Rod­ney Sin­clair said the drugs al­lowed hair to grow.

‘‘This is a game changer,’’ Prof Sin­clair said.

‘‘Both com­pounds per­formed sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter than placebo in pa­tients with alope­cia to­talis and alope­cia uni­ver­salis.

‘‘Both JAK in­hibitors were safe and well tolerated.’’

There is no cur­rent ef­fec­tive treat­ment for the con­di­tion, which af­fects up to 147 mil­lion peo­ple across the globe.

But these new re­sults are yet to be pub­lished or peer-re­viewed.

Prof Sin­clair pre­sented the find­ings at the 27th Con­gress of the Euro­pean Academy of Der­ma­tol­ogy and Ven­erol­ogy in Paris re­cently.

Clin­ics and uni­ver­si­ties in Aus­tralia, Canada and the United States are in­volved in the trial, with an­other to start in the next six to 12 months.

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