Why there is no drug for vitiligo yet?
Despite the dearth of medications available to treat psoriasis - a disease with similar prevalence numbers and impact on quality of life - vitiligo has no known cure or specific treatments. Few therapies can reduce or stop vitiligo symptoms for prolonged periods of time, but no single treatment works for everyone. Worse, not all of these medicines have been approved in all countries.
Since the average cost of single drug development reached $5.5 billion in late 2013, Big Pharma have little interest in developing drugs for “neglected diseases”, including vitiligo.
While efficient vitiligo treatments would clearly be in demand if available, there is little public demand for the development of such treatments. This paradox arises from the non-life-threatening nature of vitiligo and widespread awareness of it's perceived incurable nature, thus lowering the expressed demand for treatment development.
However, new clinical trials have been launched by major pharma companies in early 2016, indicating a global change in the area of vitiligo.
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What is coming?
VITFriends Fundraising and Awareness Concert in Boston
Featuring: M.C. - Mary-dith Tuitt Jazz vocalist - Katani Summer Steel drum instrumentalist - Justin Petty Vocalist - Emily Orji and Dr. Victor Huan...30 April 2017 14:30, Salvation Army Kroc Center, 650 Du...
Vitiligo Walk-A-Thon in Fort Dallas
The annual Vitiligo Walkathon is organized by Dallas Fort Worth Vitiligo Support Group on May 20, 2017. This is an event held to raise awareness about vitiligo in the...20 May 2017 09:00, Dallas, Texas
Isn't it just a cosmetic disorder?
Like it or not, we live in a society where appearance matters. It should come as no surprise that vitiligo impacts on the psychological well-being and quality of life ...
What tests should be done?
No tests are usually necessary to make the diagnosis. The white patches may be seen more easily under Wood's light examination.
What's better: laser or phototherapy?
In a recent controlled study researchers assessed effect and safety of different laser and phototherapy treatments, such as excimer laser/light, narrowband UVB, UVA an...
Who is prone to vitiligo?
Vitiligo affects 0.5-2% of the population, and occurs in all races and all social levels. Vitiligo can affect people of all ages, but often starts between the ages of ...