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FDA Approves Expanded Use of Luzu (luliconazole) Cream in Pediatric Patients with Athlete’s Foot, Jock Itch and Ringworm

RALEIGH, N.C., FEBRUARY 22, 2018 – Ortho Dermatologics, a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America, LLC (NYSE: VRX and TSX: VRX) (“Valeant”), today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) to expand the use of Luzu (luliconazole) cream, 1% for the topical treatment of patients 12 and older with athlete's foot (interdigital tinea pedis) and jock itch (tinea cruris) and patients two and older with ringworm (tinea corporis), caused by the organisms Trichophyton rubrum and Epidermophyton floccosum. These conditions are very common skin diseases caused predominantly by dermatophyte fungi.1 Luzu was initially approved as a treatment for adults in 2013.

“Though anyone at any age can get infected with athlete’s foot, jock itch and ringworm, because they are very contagious,2,3,4 treatment options are limited for children,” said Bill Humphries, executive vice president of Dermatology, Ortho Dermatologics. “We are pleased that the FDA recognized the benefits of treatment with Luzu for pediatric patients. This new indication furthers our commitment to address common skin conditions in our younger patients.”

Luzu is the first topical azole antifungal agent originally approved to treat tinea cruris and tinea corporis with a one-week, once-daily treatment regimen, with results available three weeks post-treatment. Other approved treatments require at least two weeks of treatment.

The FDA approval to expand the indication for Luzu is based on two postmarketing requirement studies conducted in subjects 12 to <18 years of age with interdigital tinea pedis and tinea cruris and in subjects two to <18 years of age with tinea corporis. One study evaluated the pharmacokinetics under maximal use conditions in pediatric subjects ages 12 to <18 years with interdigital tinea pedis or tinea cruris. Another study evaluated the safety, efficacy and pharmacokinetics of Luzu when applied topically once daily for seven days in pediatric subjects two years to <18 years of age with tinea corporis.

About Luzu (luliconazole) Cream, 1%

Luzu (luliconazole) cream, 1% is indicated for the topical treatment of interdigital tinea pedis, tinea cruris and tinea corporis caused by the organisms Trichophyton rubrum and Epidermophyton floccosum. Luzu has been extensively studied in the United States, with three positive pivotal studies that were the basis for approval. These studies were conducted in 423 subjects with either tinea pedis or tinea cruris.5

About Ortho Dermatologics

Ortho Dermatologics 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 actinic keratosis, acne, atopic dermatitis, cold sores, athlete’s foot, nail fungus and other dermatoses. The Ortho Dermatologics portfolio includes several leading acne, anti-fungal and anti-infective products. More information can be found at

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1 Noble, SL et al. Diagnosis and Management of Common Tinea Infections. Am Fam Physician. 1998 Jul 1;58(1):163-174.
2 Mayo Clinic. (2016). Jock Itch. Retrieved from Accessed February 13, 2018.
3 Mayo Clinic. (2017). Ringworm. Retrieved from Accessed February 13, 2018.
4 Mayo Clinic. (2014). Athlete’s Foot. Retrieved from Accessed February 13, 2018. 5 LUZU [prescribing information]. Bridgewater, NJ: Valeant Pharmaceuticals.

Source: Ortho Dermatologics

Posted: February 2018

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