Akapulco for Fungal Skin Infections

| Written by Ma. Cristina Vinas

INVENTORS

National Integrated Research Program on Medicinal Plants
Institute of Herbal Medicine
University of the Philippines Manila

DESCRIPTION

Akapulco (Senna alata) is a woody bush found throughout the Philippines. Traditionally, the leaves have been used to treat fungal infections, from which it got its common name “ringworm bush.” The leaves are traditionally pounded, the juice extracted and applied directly onto affected skin. Chrysophanic acid has been isolated as one of the active components of Akapulco lotion. Numerous studies, both in vitro and clinical trials, have shown its antifungal properties against dermatophytes and superficial yeast infections.

VALUE PROPOSITION

  1. Strong clinical testing data
  2. 50% solution clinically tested to be safe and effective
  3. Treating Pityriasis (Tinea) versicolor or fungal skin infections

MARKET APPLICATION AND COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Dermatophytoses, or fungal skin infections or commonly known as “An-an”, are one of the most common skin conditions seen at Dermatology Clinics and by primary care physicians. Antifungal medicines are very expensive for the 2-6 week treatment period, depending on the number and extent of lesions. Also it is very contagious and extremely itchy, thus causing morbidity and affecting patients’ quality of life.

DEVELOPMENT STATUS

The technology completed clinical trials phases 1-3 and has shown promising results. It is now available for mass production and is ready for the consumption of the public as medicine.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY STATUS

Strong Know-How protected as a trade secret

Philippine Patent had been granted and maintained

TYPE OF COOPERATION

LICENSING with local medicine manufacturers for the mass production and marketing of the final product.