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SAN MATEO, Calif., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Merz Aesthetics today announced it is now shipping Asclera™ (polidocanol) Injection sclerotherapy treatment to doctors' offices throughout the U.S.  Previously only available in Europe, Asclera™ was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

In a study published in the June issue of Phlebology, leading experts conclude that polidocanol is a highly effective sclerotherapy treatment.

Asclera™ was approved by the FDA on March 30 to treat uncomplicated spider veins (varicose veins less than or equal to 1 mm in diameter) and uncomplicated reticular veins (varicose veins 1 to 3 mm in diameter) in the lower extremities. It has not been studied in larger varicose veins greater than 3 mm in diameter. Once injected, it acts by damaging the cell lining of blood vessels, causing them to close and eventually disappear.

Clinical support for Asclera™ continues to grow.  In the recent Phlebology study, the authors found that polidocanol demonstrated significant efficacy over other treatment options, like sodium tetradecyl sulfate (STS) 1%. In addition, patients reported better satisfaction with polidocanol than with other treatment options. Highlights from the study include:

  • The treatment success rate for polidocanol was 95% at week 12 and 95% at week 26 vs. 92% and 91% for STS, respectively; both were significantly higher than placebo (P< 0.0001).
  • The majority of patients treated with polidocanol were satisfied with the treatment.
    • 87% at week 12 and 84% at week 26 for patient

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