Merz Pharmaceuticals is a specialty pharmaceutical firm that develops health care solutions for unmet medical needs. Its German-based research efforts consist of product development for the treatment of central nervous system disorders, as well as over-the-counter medications for illness prevention and health preservation. The company features the Naftin, Appearex, Mederma and Aqua Glycolic brands. Naftifine hydrochloride has been shown to exhibit fungicidal activity in vitro against a broad spectrum of organisms. Appearex stimulates healthy nail growth, smoothes brittle ridges and increases nail strength. Mederma is among the leading products for treating new and existing scars. It softens and smoothens scars that result from surgery, accidents, injuries, burns, acne and stretch marks. The Aqua Glycolic line of products is pH balanced to minimize irritation and includes facial cleanser, toner, face cream, shampoos and body lotion. Merz Pharmaceuticals also produces Erygel, Eldertonic, Eldercaps and Sedapap. The company was founded in 1908 and is based in Greensboro, N.C.