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Absorption Pharmaceuticals to Receive Patent for Premature Ejaculation Topical Medication
Date:4/29/2013

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Absorption Pharmaceuticals announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has indicated that it will grant a patent related to the use of its topical medication, Promescent, for premature ejaculation (PE). The patent protects novel lidocaine-only eutectic formulation which enables maximum absorption of the anesthetic through the skin's outer layer and provides men with improved ejaculatory control while maintaining great sensory feeling.

Absorption Pharmaceuticals was founded by the late Dr. Ronald F. Gilbert, former chief of the Department of Urology at Hoag Hospital and assistant clinical professor of urology at UCI Medical School. For many years, Dr. Gilbert had been treating PE patients with topical anesthetics with modest success. Although effective in slowing the ejaculatory response, these simple lidocaine and benzocaine topical sprays and creams had two side effects which made them undesirable for repeated use by patients: significant loss of sexual sensation and transference of the anesthetic to the man's partner.

"About a decade ago, some urologists started to prescribe EMLA, a prescription topical anesthetic that achieves a eutectic formula, and somewhat better absorption, with the combination of lidocaine and prilocaine," says Dr. Laurence Levine , professor in the Department of Urology at Rush University Medical Center. "EMLA showed improved performance in controlled studies over simple lidocaine formulas. However, because EMLA contains prilocaine, it lacks FDA approval for treating PE patients and is usually prescribed off-label."   '/>"/>

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