Dr. Hasson Updates us on Topical Finasteride

I wrote a popular post on topical finasteride in June 2014.   Shortly after, someone from the renowned Hasson & Wong clinic in Vancouver, Canada e-mailed me to let me know that they were now prescribing topical finasteride.

Fast forward to several days ago, Dr. Victor Hasson of Hasson & Wong posted a detailed comment to that blog post on topical finasteride and I thought that his comment deserved its own post. Here is Dr. Hasson’s update:

Our topical finasteride solution that we have been using for the past 2 years has proven to be very effective . It has been used primarily in patients who had been experiencing side effects on the oral drug. These patients have been free of side effects on the topical formulation. This is a good sign that the drug is unlikely to be going systemic via cutaneous permeation. We are currently performing tests using Franz diffusion cells with the The University of Milan to get more data.

Once we have secured a reliable source for dutasteride we will start testing topical formulations with this drug as it will likely be more effective.

A new liposomal formulation of topical finasteride is currently available to our European patients. It has been developed in collaboration with Farmacia Parati in Italy. This preparation can be obtained from this company . You will require a physicians prescription for this as the formulation needs to be compounded on a case by case basis (to comply with European and FDA regulations).

Victor Hasson MD

I am impressed by the efforts that the Hassson & Wong clinic is putting into creating their own topical finasteride and topical dutasteride products.  A 2007 study on liposomal delivery of finasteride suggests that this route  will be effective.  If the results from these topical products consistently prove to be as good or superior to oral finasteride and oral dutasteride while at the same time lead to fewer side effects, this development will be a game changer.

40 thoughts on “Dr. Hasson Updates us on Topical Finasteride”

  1. I was intersted in topical finasteride since I suffered side effects when taking the oral brand. Can you tell me the name of the european product?

  2. Does the Canadian branch give any details on their preparation. I have seen some papers describe their topical fin, but they did not always get results. Would be nice to know how they make it.

    1. Go to a doctor that uses a compounding pharmacy- they are all over the place because of TRT and HRT treatments. Almost every city has a compound Pharmacy.

  3. hi ,
    long time reader, first time poster here.
    Topical finasteride isn’t something new, is it? but I have yet to hear that it’s a breakthrough solution to mpb. I should do more research on this but anyone can direct me to a study comparing the conventional oral fin with a topical one?

  4. What sort of testing are they doing? Not sure if I’m willing to take this guy on just his word, which is basically all we have.

    1. Wise of you to be wary. I would also want to know a lot more about the testing procedure and about the compounding facility before buying.

  5. Could you give us more information, how topical finasteride can be prepared whether it would be possible to create it by ourselves and when it is supposed to come to Europe ?


  6. I have demanded the quotation of topical fin and for one time i would be ready to spend this much of money plus shipping charges but i am not known whether will it create some difference or will it have some aide effects. He talks of leseer side effect but cant be aboided 100%

  7. If there is any comparision of topical and oral fin available then going with that i can take a chance to use the topical gel.

  8. Hopefully some guys from this site can be leaders and try out his topical fin product and report back. Unfortunately I can no longer be a tester as im not in the best of health. Otherwise I would.

  9. My prescription for the Italian lab was accepted, so I will be trying the topical out soon. I have never tried fin before so don’t know yet if I get sides.

    1. Hi Bruno!

      I’m interested in hearing about your experience. Have you had any side effects since taking the drug. It’s been over a year now, but as with oral finasteride I know side effects can come as late as two years. If you are willing I’d appreciate to hear from you!

  10. Hey there. I currently work as a lab tech at a compounding pharmacy in northern New England.

    I have a good relationship with my doc and, if I was able to obtain the liposomal topical fin formula, I would be able to get the rx and compound it myself.

    Does anyone know where I might find such a formula for topical fin? Would Dr. Hasson be willing to share theirs? Thanks so much.

  11. Admin,

    Hi, I’m follow to a post from last year about the hasson & wong topical fin. Specifically “… drug is unlikely to be going systemic via cutaneous permeation. We are currently performing tests using Franz diffusion cells with the The University of Milan to get more data.”

    Since those tests were done a year ago, were you able to find out the results?

  12. I have a question, will topical finasteride cease to work after a certain amount of time. I’m currently on my third batch and I’m worried that all my progress may be for nothing :(

  13. Hey Admin,

    Thanks for such a great post this gives me some hope!

    And Jake thanks for posting the link to buy the Fin at Farmacia Parati. I just clicked on the website and I cant find a Topical Finesteride Formula anywhere?? I clicked all the links? Can someone provide insight if they still sell it as this post was originally a year ago in 2015.

    Can anyone PLEASE give a link or at least direct me in a direction where I can buy this Topical Finesteride (or Dutasteride even better).

    Thanks! I appreciate everything you do for the Hairloss community!

  14. I deal with the Italians that go to Hasson and Wong. Unlike Canada most dermatologists are private so once an Italian starts losing their hair they go right to them first. 99% of all dermatologists in Italy say the same think. ” don’t take propecia it has a lot of side effects, you need to start taking our solution (usually around $200-400 a month)”. So many Italians are quite fearful of taking the pill form. About two years ago when the topical finasteride became available many Italians started taking it, including myself. I have heard nothing about side effects, and everyone is happy with the results they are seeing. I am not sure about the study done in Milan but will find out and let you guys know.

  15. Lorenzo
    Can you put contact information for that doctor in Italy that has the lyp topical Fan compound? Thank you. Desperate!

  16. just decided to give it a try myself as well as Lorenzo,since my hair transplant of some years ago “failed” due to various reasons (sebum = ie,made out of too much DHT in the head area,stress and other stuff)
    i hope it will work out :) good luck to everyone!

  17. Hi Guys,

    Just a little update on liposomal finasteride gel from H&W.

    I have been using it for around a week now and I haven’t felt a single sign of it going systemic.
    I apply it at night before going to bed and shower in the morning

    Bear in mind that I tried oral fin twice and quit both of the times due to sides.
    Once I got was unable to sustain an erection for a whole week and the other time I got brain fog almost immediately after starting which made it very hard to concentrate in college.
    (Don’t worry everything came back to normal 2 weeks upon discontinuation)

    I had an initial blood test for DHT before starting and I will do another one in 2-3 months to ensure that it’s not lowering my DHT systematically.
    I might also order a scalp analyzer device to closely monitor the progress of the hair.

    I think this news is pretty encouraging and if it proves to be effective without going systemic, this is a true blessing.

    1. Hello Saleen
      Are you from Canada? I would be interrested too in trying out that new topical fin. I’ve tried fin oral before but got scared when I was shedding plus I was experiencing mild pain in my balls after popping the pill. Did you notice shedding with topical and di you get shedding from oral before?

    1. I wanted to ask some questions
      1.What is written in a prescription? I mean what does a doctor need to write in a prescription so that they can accept it?
      2. Should you send a prescription to them every month, is it possible to request an amount for a year or more ? (Sorry I don’t know much about prescriptions)
      3. for anyone who bought it is there a choice to get the 1 mg or 5 mg version of finasteride and of course how much does it cost?
      Thank you

  18. I do know that Dut must be absorbable through the skin and mucous membranes as women and especially pregnant women are discouraged from handling the capsules or broken capsules. It is also said a man taking Dut ought wear a condom so his partner does not get Dut via semen, especially if she is pregnant. There is also a study done in Egypt, where they did “mesotherapy” injecting a Dut solution in the epidermis of women with FPHL over 18 weeks. The results were dramatic. They were injected 2 mL of solution in 1cm spacing on scalp over vertex at depth of 2-4mm using a 4mm 30 guage meso needle. Said “nappage technique” Using product called Mesopecia, from Mesodermal Co., Mesa AZ.

  19. Is there any consumer accessable way of measuring the DHT in the scalp? That way, if we use standard ways of measuring the DHT in the blood, and have a way of also measuring the DHT in the scalp then we can see if this product is actually working.

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