The slap of Hollywood star Will Smith at the Oscars brought to the attention of his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, the disease of hair loss – the first systemic drug against alopecia areata has now been approved in the USA. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Eli Lilly’s Olumiant.
It is the first hair loss drug in the United States to affect the entire body. The condition, which often manifests itself as irregular baldness, affects more than 300,000 people in the United States each year, the FDA said in a statement.
Tablets tested in two studies
The now approved tablets have been tested for more than six months in two studies involving patients who have lost at least 50 percent of their hair, the FDA wrote. The measure of effectiveness was the number of patients who recovered at least 80 percent of their hair coverage at week 36.
At this year’s Oscars at the end of March, comedian Chris Rock filmed a gag on Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett, alluding to her shaved head. She rolled her eyes at the joke – the actress often spoke openly about her pathological hair loss.
Surprisingly, however, Smith ran to the podium, slapped Rock hard, and returned to his seat. Then he called twice in Rock’s direction, “Keep my wife’s name in front of your damn mouth!” The Film Academy banned him from participating in events for ten years.
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