Updated on February 24, 2017
What About Samumed Phase II?
What is most significant and encouraging about this new data is the SM04554 treatment was applied for only 90 days, but continued to have positive results all the way until 135 days. The chart shows that during the 45 days after the treatment was stopped, there was still a continual increase in hair count from 110.5 to 115 in the 0.15% solution group. For the curious minds, it is possible that there was even more continual growth after 135 days, but that data was not presented by Samumed.
Are we there yet?
Samumed presented their phase 2 results at the American Academy of Dermatology meeting yesterday. I wasn’t there to see it, fortunately Samumed gave a sneak peek of their presentation to small audience through the Forbes magazine. The article on Forbes gives a very basic report on the statistics of the phase 2 study and a little bit of industry commentary for reader’s value. Here’s what the article said about growing hair:
- Most importantly, SM04554 grew hair.
- The Phase 2 study group involved 300 people. The three groups received either a placebo, a 0.15% solution of SM04554, or a 0.25% solution of SM04554. In the placebo group, hair count dropped from 114 hairs per square centimeter to 111.5. In the 0.15% group, hair count increased from 104.9 to 115. In the 0.25% group, hair count increased from 110.8 to 118.5.
- This roughly translates to a 10% overall increase in hair density from using SM04554, compared to not using it and continuing to lose hair.
- One interesting facet about this drug is the results do not seem to increase when the amount of the SM04554 solution is increased. There is a certain point of the “just right” dose amount that triggers the most hair growth with SM04554.
The good news for Samumed is their topical solution grows hair. We can also look at the perspective that these results could become more significant when coupled with another topical treatment, like minoxidil. I bring that up because it’s almost certain that minoxidil and SM04554 work on two different mechanisms of action for hair growth and the combined results of the two treatments could be interesting.
Samumed has not speculated so far about the future of their clinical trial process with SM04554. They may have a little bit of tweaking to do now. The solution has shown to be safe and it grows hair. It’s a keeper. For now, we do have to call upon that ingredient that is oh so indispensable to hair seekers….patience.