April 18 2012, 2:46 pm PT | Posted in: Drugs
whatever happened to the fda trials with avodart? we all know avodart is more effective but when will it be cleared by the fda for hair loss? are their trials still going?
We know that dutasteride (Avodart) works when used to treating genetic hair loss. Some reports suggest that it may work even better, but the safety issues in young men, the sexual side effects and other side effects, and the long term issues related to sterility are not known.
The last I remember, there was a Korean study being done… so I looked up the ClinicalTrials.gov site and found this post about recruiting 900 Korean men for a dutasteride post-marketing study by GlaxoSmithKline (makers of Avodart). It was updated just a couple of weeks ago, though I’m not sure which part was updated, and appears to be concluding in July 2013 — AVODART Alopecia Post-marketing Surveillance (PMS).
The FDA will weigh out the safety issues before any application for use in hair loss is approved. So at this point, we’re still in wait-and-see mode.