Health Canada Accepts for Review Medexus's New Drug Submission for Topical Terbinafine

January 08, 2024 7:00 AM EST | Source: Medexus Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Topical terbinafine has been widely used in other markets to treat fungal nail infections

If and when approved, the product will enter the topical fungicides market that is estimated to be C$88 million on an annual basis*

Toronto, Ontario and Chicago, Illinois--(Newsfile Corp. - January 8, 2024) - Medexus Pharmaceuticals (TSX: MDP) (OTCQX: MEDXF) today announced that Health Canada recently accepted for review Medexus's new drug submission, or NDS, for terbinafine hydrochloride nail lacquer to treat fungal nail infections.

"Health Canada's commitment to review our NDS brings us a step closer to making topical terbinafine a viable treatment option for Canadians," said Richard Labelle, Medexus's General Manager-Canadian Operations. "Topical terbinafine is an excellent strategic fit for our leading allergy/dermatology business, and we look forward to putting our institutional knowledge to work as we target a commercial launch in the first half of calendar year 2025."

Topical terbinafine has been widely used in other markets to treat fungal nail infections. Medexus's NDS for topical terbinafine seeks Health Canada approval for a distinctive once-a week treatment regimen. If and when approved, the product will enter the Canadian topical fungicides market that is estimated to be C$88 million on an annual basis.*

* Source: IQVIA Canadian drugstore and hospital purchases, September 2023 MAT.

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Medexus is a leading specialty pharmaceutical company with a strong North American commercial platform and a growing portfolio of innovative and rare disease treatment solutions. Medexus's current focus is on the therapeutic areas of oncology, hematology, rheumatology, auto-immune diseases, allergy, and dermatology. For more information about Medexus and its product portfolio, please see the company's corporate website at and its filings on SEDAR+ at


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Additional notes

Terbinafine hydrochloride nail lacquer, as discussed in this news release, is not approved by Health Canada for sale and use in Canada. Medexus makes no representation that terbinafine hydrochloride is appropriate for, or authorized for sale to or use by, persons who are located either in or outside Canada. Terbinafine hydrochloride is currently the subject of a regulatory review process with Health Canada. Medexus holds exclusive commercialization rights to terbinafine hydrochloride nail lacquer supplied by Polichem, an Almirall group company focused on medical dermatological treatments for skin health, in Canada.

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