Vitiligo is a skin condition characterized by white patches on the skin. It is also known as skin depigmentation. In skin depigmentation, the skin’s pigment-making cells known as melanocytes are lost or destroyed, which result into patches. The patches of affected skin appear white and usually have sharp margins. In most of the cases, the patches emerge on the skin, which is more exposed to sunlight. Although the disease can occur at any age, it is more observed in the mid-twenties. Although the disease does not affect the physical health of a person, it creates concerns about physical appearance and ethical identity of the person. The exact cause of Vitiligo is not known.
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Vitiligo drugs market is expected to witness significant growth, owing to development of new therapies for vitiligo. For instance, in Feb 2018, researchers at Yale University School of Medicine discovered a new therapy for the treatment of vitiligo. The therapy can aid in returning the color of depigmented skin due to vitiligo. The new combination therapy includes oral medication of Xeljanz (tofacitinib) and ultraviolet-B light therapy. Xeljanz is used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and ultraviolet B (UVB) light therapy is an effective treatment for psoriasis. UVB penetrates the skin and slows the growth of affected skin cells.
Vitiligo Drugs Market – Taxonomy
By Drugs Class
Calcineurin Inhibitors, Corticosteroids, Immunomodulator, Psoralens
By Route of Administration
Moreover, increasing pipeline studies to develop new drugs for the treatment of vitiligo is expected to drive vitiligo drugs market growth. For instance, in December 2016, Nicolaus Copernicus University initiated the phase 1 and phase 2 clinical trial for Atorvastatin calcium salt and Simvastatin-acid sodium salt. The study has been initiated for the evaluation of vitiligous lesions repigmentation after the administration of Atorvastatin calcium salt and Simvastatin-acid sodium salt in patients with active vitiligo. The study is estimated to complete by April 2019.
Key players operating in the global vitiligo drugs market include, AXIM Biotechnologies, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Boston Pharmaceutical, Castle Creek Pharma, Dermavant Sciences, JN Biosciences, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Incyte Corporation, Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, and Galderma laboratories (Nestlé Skin Health).
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