The US-based Concert Pharmaceuticals is developing a drug called CTP-543 that is being touted as a miracle drug for hair growth. What is the truth? Can it control hair loss? Can it help people with genetic baldness?
In this educational video, Dr John Watts – a noted dermatologist, trichologist and hair transplant surgeon in Hyderabad – enlightens viewers of his popular YouTube channel on this miracle drug, which is yet to be released on the market. He has successfully performed over 1900+ hair transplant procedures so far.
Concert Pharmaceuticals says that the ongoing clinical trials for the oral drug CTP-543 are solely meant as a potential treatment for Alopecia areata.
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks the person’s own hair, resulting in patchy or complete hair loss. There are several types of Alopecia areata.
The oral drug CTP-543 acts as Janus kinases (JAKs) inhibitor. “The JAKs enzymes play an important role whose improper/abnormal behaviour triggers Alopecia areata causing permanent damage to the hair if not treated early. This drug will inhibit the release of this enzyme and control it,” said Dr John Watts.
There are several types of Alopecia areata whose treatment would be possible with the oral drug CTP-543, it is being claimed. “If Alopecia areata is localised, the damaged area can be like a coin shape. If the entire scalp is affected, we term it Alopecia Totalis and if the entire face like moustache, scalp and beard are affected, we call it Alopecia Universalis,” informed Dr John.
In his response, Dr John Watts said that nowhere did the Concert Pharmaceuticals mention in the scientific literature that CTP-543 works for the treatment of general hair loss or hereditary baldness. “This drug seems to be only for the treatment of Alopecia Areata,” he mentioned.
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