NEW YORK, March 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Hoth Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOTH) (the "Company' or "Hoth"), a biopharmaceutical company focused on unique targeted therapeutics for patients suffering from dermatological indications ranging from atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and acne as well as gene therapy treatment for asthmatics, today announced results from a preclinical study demonstrating the potential effectiveness of WEG232, a topical treatment with specific substance P-receptor inhibitor for Erlotinib-induced facial dermatitis and hair loss in cancer patients.
Erlotinib, an EGFR1-tyrosine kinase inhibitor, is an effective anti-tumorigenesis agent, which combats several cancers including lung, colon, head and neck. Typically, significant and often severe cutaneous toxicities are serious side effects of Erlotinib, limiting its full potential use to prolong patient survival. Previous studies suggest that neurogenic inflammation plays a serious role in causing EGFR-TKI induced off-target toxicity. This trial was designed to assess if topical application of WEG232, a specific Substance P-receptor inhibitor, would be protective against erlotinib-induced facial rash and/or hair loss.
The research, which took place at the George Washington University and supported by Hoth, suggests the topical application of WEG232 could be very effective in suppressing erlotinib induced-facial rash/hair loss with approximate 71% reduction. It concluded that WEG232 may be used as an effective intervention to prevent EGFR-TKI-induced cutaneous toxicity.
Mr. Robb Knie, Chief Executive Officer of Hoth, added, "This 12-week study with 25 SD-rats showed overwhelming compelling results of a 71% facial rash and hair loss reduction. Our next steps will be to further our preclinical work while also preparing for a pre-Investigational New Drug (Pre-IND) meeting request with the U.S. FDA. We look forward to publishing complete results of the aforementioned study in poster form prior to our pre-IND."
About Hoth Therapeutics, Inc. Hoth Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing new generation therapies for dermatological disorders. Hoth's pipeline has the potential to improve the quality of life for patients suffering from indications including atopic dermatitis, chronic wounds, psoriasis, asthma and acne. To learn more, please visit www.hoththerapeutics.com.
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