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FDA approves drug for severe curvature of the penis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first drug treatment for Peyronie's disease, a condition that results in severe and sometimes painful curvature of the penis, officials said. The action marks a new use for the drug Xiaflex, which is already used to treat Dupuytren's contracture, a disease of the hand that impairs a person's ability to straighten their fingers. Xiaflex is a bacterial enzyme -- collagenase clostridium histolyticum -- that is believed to reduce the build-up of collagen, the structural protein that makes up scar tissue. Peyronie's disease is the result of scar tissue forming beneath the skin of the penis and causing it to...

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