92% of participants achieved reduction in mPASI score of 75% or more after receiving Optimal Therapeutic Dose Therapy with the Multi-Micro Dose® diagnostic tip for the treatment of their plaque psoriasis
HORSHAM, Pa., April 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STRATA Skin Sciences, Inc. (SSKN) (“STRATA” or the “Company”), a medical technology company in Dermatology and Plastic Surgery dedicated to developing, commercializing and marketing innovative products for the treatment of dermatologic conditions, today announced the peer-reviewed publication of a clinical study report entitled: “Treatment of Plaque Psoriasis with an Excimer Laser Utilizing an Optimal Therapeutic UVB Dose Protocol” in the April, 2020 issue of the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology.
The article, authored by Quinn Thibodeaux, MD, Kristen Beck, MD, Benjamin N. Lockshin, MD, Neal Bhatia, MD, Ethan Levin, MD, John Koo, MD, and Tina Bhutani, MD, summarizes the results of a multi-center clinical study investigating the efficiency and efficacy of the Multi-Micro Dose® diagnostic tip accessory for STRATA’s proprietary XTRAC® 308nm excimer laser in treatment of plaque psoriasis. Centers that participated in the study include: Department of Dermatology, Psoriasis & Skin Treatment Center, University of California (San Francisco), Clinical Trials Center at DermAssociates, U.S. Dermatology Partners, Clinical Dermatology and Therapeutics Clinical Research.
Results from the study demonstrated:
- 92% of the participants responded to treatment and achieved a reduction in mPASI score of 75% or more
- A statistically significant improvement in mPASI score by the second treatment and an mPASI reduction of 50% or more after an average of four sessions, compared to the current average of 16 to 20 treatments with NB-UVB 308 nm devices
- Results were durable, with patients maintaining a reduction in their mPASI scores of 50% or more for 60 days
- Further, statistical analysis predicts mPASI scores to stay below 50% of baseline for 78 days
- The clinical study is available online at https://jddonline.com/articles/dermatology/S1545961620P0349X/1
Dr. Dolev Rafaeli, the Company’s President and CEO stated, “The data was impressive with faster reduction in mPASI and 92% of patients exceeding the endpoint of overall reduction after receiving Optimal Therapeutic Dose Protocol, utilizing the Multi-Micro Dose diagnostic tip. Publication of this study in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, a well-respected peer-reviewed journal, is a tremendous validation of our new OTD protocol and its ability to provide faster, more convenient patient outcomes, greater patient satisfaction and lower costs for payers and patients alike.”
Commenting on the implications of COVID-19 on XTRAC procedures, Dr. Rafaeli added, “The XTRAC excimer laser is a safe and effective treatment with no systemic side effects on a patient’s immune system. Additionally, due to serious concerns from the impact of COVID-19 in immune compromised patients, we are anticipating that more physicians will choose XTRAC for their new patients and will likely switch some of their existing patients treated with systemic immunosuppressants to the XTRAC treatment. The American Academy of Dermatology has recently published guidelines for providers to follow for patients on biologic therapy during this Coronavirus Pandemic: guidance document on the use of biological agents during the COVID-19 outbreak.”
About STRATA Skin Sciences, Inc. (www.strataskinsciences.com)
STRATA Skin Sciences is a medical technology company in Dermatology and Plastic Surgery dedicated to developing, commercializing and marketing innovative products for the treatment of dermatologic conditions. Its products include the XTRAC ® excimer laser and VTRAC ® lamp systems utilized in the treatment of psoriasis, vitiligo and various other skin conditions.
The Company’s proprietary XTRAC® excimer laser delivers a highly targeted therapeutic beam of UVB light to treat psoriasis, vitiligo, eczema, atopic dermatitis and leukoderma, diseases which impact over 35 million patients in the United States alone. The technology is covered by multiple patents, including exclusive rights for patents for the delivery of treatment to vitiligo patients.
STRATA’s unique business model leverages targeted Direct to Consumer (DTC) advertising to generate awareness and utilizes its in-house call center and insurance advocacy teams to increase volume for the Company’s partner dermatology clinics.
The XTRAC business has used this proven DTC model to grow its domestic dermatology partner network to over 820 clinics, with a worldwide installed base of over 2,000 devices. The Company is able to offer 90% of DTC patients an introduction to physicians prescribing a reimbursable solution, using XTRAC, within a 10-mile radius of their house. The Company is a leader in dermatology in-clinic business generation for its partners.
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