Synthetic cannabis compound found to treat skin disorder dermatitis

By June 7, 2018 Recent News

TVNZ One News 7 June 2018
Early trials show that a synthetic form of a cannabis compound is safe and effective when used as a topical treatment for dermatitis, its developer Botanix Pharmaceuticals says.

Botanix says the BTX 1204 compound, a synthetic cannabidiol, was well tolerated and caused no significant adverse effects for the 32 patients who completed a Phase 1 trial.

After four weeks, 35 per cent of patients receiving BTX 1204 to treat atopic dermatitis achieved treatment success, compared to 18 per cent of patients who received a placebo.

BTX 1204’s efficacy is in line with existing products applied to the skin, which have treatment success rates of 25 per cent to 35 per cent, the company says.

Botanix executive director Matt Callahan said the results were very encouraging.

“BTX 1204’s efficacy profile is in line with existing topical products whose treatment success rates are typically between 25-35 per cent,” he said.

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