Dear Dr. Rassman,
I am a 29 year old male. I became aware of thinning in my crown area in April of ’09, and got on Propecia at the beginning of May. I volunteered for the Aderan’s phase II hair/cell replication study, but was told I had too much hair to be a subject. The Dr. at the clinic where I was interviewed said the cloning procedure would be available in about 5 years.You state that you see the cloning procedure as a decade off, so from the information you’ve gotten at this recent convention, is it reasonable to imagine that in my late thirties, around 2019 or so, that I can get hair restoration through a cloning procedure? And in the next few years, do you see a better drug, like an FDA approved version of Dutasteride coming to market?
Thank you for you time
The folks at Aderans predicted the cloning solution would be available in 5 years… and that was 5 years ago. So by that timeline, it should be here now… yet here we are, wondering where it is. I probed that question to those who are knowledgeable and found that no one really expects a cloning solution in 5 years. Perhaps ten years… and maybe more.
Dutasteride is already FDA approved to treat the prostate, but I’d like to think it’ll be available for treating hair loss at some point down the line, once any other studies are concluded and safety can be assured. It’s not up to me, and I’ve got my reservations about the medication already. There are no other new hair loss drugs like dutasteride that I know of coming in the next 5 year horizon. It takes years to clear it through the FDA so we will have plenty of notice when the process starts for a new medication.