News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


New Treatment For Solar Keratoses Now Available In New Zeala

New Treatment For Solar Keratoses Now Available In New Zealand

Picato® (ingenol mebutate) gel, a new innovative topical treatment was launched in New Zealand yesterday. Picato® gel provides a short dosing duration for the treatment of solar keratoses (a very common skin condition).1 Solar keratoses (sometimes referred to as sun spots) often present as rough, scaly patches predominantly on skin frequently exposed to the sun, and can lead to non-melanoma skin cancer if not diagnosed and treated effectively.2,3 There are approximately 67,000 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancers in New Zealand each year.4


Picato® gel is a topical treatment that patients apply once a day for only two or three days, depending on the area of the body being treated.1 Other topical treatments already available can require weeks or even months of therapy, which patients can find difficult to adhere to.5,6,7
Picato® gel works in two ways: firstly it kills sun-damaged cells directly. Secondly, it stimulates the body’s own immune system to remove any remaining sun-damaged cells.8


Hon. Assoc. Prof. Amanda Oakley, Waikato Dermatologist and Manager of DermNet New Zealand website, said: “This is great news for New Zealand, where the total number of new melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer cases amount to around 80% of all new cancers each year.4 If you have solar keratoses, you have a high risk of developing a type of non-melanoma skin cancer.9”


The availability of Picato® gel was announced at an event yesterday evening in Auckland attended by leading Dermatologists, skin cancer GPs, other health care professionals and key people involved in the 15 year research and development program to bring this new medication to patients who need it. This launch follows approval from the New Zealand regulatory authority (Medsafe) for the treatment of solar keratoses in adults.1

A problem affecting many New Zealanders

Historically New Zealand has one of the highest non-melanoma skin cancer incidences in the world.10 More than 90 per cent of skin cancers are due to excessive sun exposure in high UV environments such as New Zealand. UV levels are 40 per cent higher during summer than at corresponding latitudes in the Northern hemisphere. A significant proportion of the population has a fair skin type which burns easily and most New Zealanders have an outdoor lifestyle and a tendency to ‘seek the sun’.10,11

Dr Peter Welburn, who was previously Head of R & D for Peplin and whose team developed Picato® is thrilled that this new treatment for actinic keratosis is now being made available to patients in New Zealand. The approval of this product by MedSafe here in New Zealand follows similar approvals in the US, Europe, Canada and Australia.


A New Innovative Treatment

Picato® gel was discovered in Australia. This discovery led to the formation of the Australian company Peplin Biotech, which evaluated the anti-cancer properties of this compound in conjunction with the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR).


The medication’s active ingredient, ingenol mebutate, is derived from the plant Euphorbia peplus, first discovered in 1997 by Australian scientists.
Although Picato® gel is an Australian invention, NZ dermatologists were involved in some important early stage clinical research that was conducted locally.

*ENDS*

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Activism: Greenpeace Intercepts World’s Biggest Seismic Oil Ship

Greenpeace crew have made contact with the world’s biggest seismic oil ship after travelling 50 nautical miles on two rigid-hulled inflatables off the coast of Wairarapa... Greenpeace radioed the master of the Amazon Warrior to deliver an open letter of protest signed by over 60,000 New Zealanders. More>>

ALSO:

Carrie Fisher: Hollywood In-Breeding & The Velocity Of Being - Binoy Kampmark

There was always going to be a good deal of thick drama around Carrie Fisher, by her own confession, a product of Hollywood in-breeding. Her parents, Debbie Reynolds and the crooner Eddie Fisher, provided ample material for the gossip columns in a marriage breakup after Eddie sped away with Elizabeth Taylor. More>>

  • Image: Tracey Nearmy / EPA
  • Gordon Campbell: On The Best Albums Of 2016

    OK, I’m not even going to try and rationalise this surrender to a ‘best of’ listicle. Still…maybe there is an argument for making some semblance of narrative order out of a year that brought us Trump, Brexit and the deaths of Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Alan Vega, who I missed just as much as the Big Three. So without further ado….oh, but first a word from the sponsor More>>

    Emojis: World’s First Māori Emoji App Launched

    It’s here - the world’s first Māori emoji app Emotiki has landed just in time for summer roadtrips and santa stockings, with 200 Māori and Kiwi cultural icons for people to share their kiwiana moments with each other and the world. More>>

    ALSO:

    Howard Davis: Album Of The Year - Van Morrison's 'Keep Me Singing'

    2016 was a grand year for Van The Man - The Belfast Cowboy turned 71, received a knighthood, and reissued an expanded set of soul-fired live recordings from 1973 ('It's Too Late to Stop Now'). In the game for 53 years now, Morrison's albums consistently open new windows into the heart and soul of one of the most enigmatic figures in modern music. More>>

    Review: The NZSO Performs Handel's Messiah

    Max Rashbrooke: Saturday night's performance took the piece back to something like the way it would have originally been performed when premiered in 1742, with an orchestra of 20-30 players and only a few more singers. More>>

    Culture: Rare Hundertwasser Conservation Posters Found After 40 Years

    When Jan and Arnold Heine put a roll of conservation posters into storage in 1974 they had no idea that 42 years later they would be collectors items. More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Health
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news