MELBOURNE, Australia, Aug. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Pharmaceutical company Hatchtech Pty Ltd has completed treatment of subjects for its Phase 2b clinical study to confirm the efficacy of its novel head lice treatment DeOvo™.
This Phase 2b trial is evaluating the efficacy, safety and tolerability of two dose levels of a single application of DeOvo™ compared to vehicle. The trial consists of treating 132 healthy subjects with head lice infestation, 2 years of age and older, in two study centers in the United States.
Hatchtech's proprietary product DeOvo™ is a topical formulation of a known metalloprotease inhibitor which targets proteases that are key to biological processes involved in insect hatch and survival.
Hatchtech Chairman Dr Paul Kelly commented: "We continue to be encouraged by Hatchtech's progress with its next generation head lice product DeOvo™ in line with our business objectives. The recruitment and treatment of subjects in this study has been achieved and we look forward to receiving results of the study later this year as planned."
"In the US it is estimated that 6-12 million people, mainly children aged 3-12 years, are infested each year with head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis). With the emergence of drug resistant lice and often poor efficacy of existing products, this under-served market represents a substantial commercial opportunity." Company Contact
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email@example.com About the TrialThe following information is provided in accord with the AusBiotech/ASX Code of Best Practice for Reporting by Life Sciences Companies.Name of TrialHa02-003Blinding StatusDouble-blindPlacebo ControlledRandomized, vehicle-controlledDesignP