June 29, 2011 by Lynn.
Because colchicine has been in use since before the inception of the FDA in the 1960s, it - like many other commonly prescribed drugs including morphine and nitroglycerine - never went through the formal FDA review and approval process. The FDA considers such untested and unapproved medications a potential risk to consumers.
In 2006, the FDA began pressuring companies manufacturing the older unapproved medications to put them through expensive clinical trials to win formal FDA approval. In return, the companies were offered exclusive market rights for a time period, to allow them to recoup their investment.
URL Pharma successfully underwent the rigorous approval process and received exclusive rights to market its brand name colchicine, Colcrys, in 2009. The FDA awarded URL Pharma the rights to market colchicine for gout for three years, and for familial Mediterranean fever for seven years. In 2010, over twenty other US pharmaceutical companies were ordered to stop manufacturing the gout drug within 45 days, and to stop shipping it within 90 days.
The price of one colchicine tablet soared from 9 cents to almost $5, a move that is projected to increase state Medicaid costs for the gout drug from $1 million to $50 million. In response to a public outcry, including pointed queries from Members of Congress, URL Pharma has expanded its patient assistance and co-pay programs to allow price breaks for those hardest hit.
The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) protested the steep increase as unjustified, and encouraged other pharmaceutical companies to enter the market with their own branded version of colchicine. In early 2010, the ACR announced that a second manufacturer would be seeking FDA approval.Colchicine from Canada
Generic colchicine continues to be manufactured and sold cheaply in Canada. Gout patients should be aware that they can buy colchicine from Canada, along with brand Colcrys. A three-month supply of colchicine for gout can be ordered through an online Canadian pharmacy with a current valid prescription.
Online Canadian pharmacies are rushing to woo American customers with stepped up advertising, discounted prices and pharmacy savings coupons. For example, the Canadian pharmacy Big Mountain Drugs is offering 100 .5 mg generic colchicine tablets for $29 US, along with a 5% pharmacy rewards program and a $5 pharmacy savings coupon on a partner site, onlinepharmacycoupons.com.
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July 25, 2011 by Lynn.
Cases of gout in Americans are on a decades long upswing. In fact, the incidence of gout doubled between the 1960s and the 1990s, and is continuing to climb. Gout, or gouty arthritis, is one of the most painful types of arthritis. It accounts for about 5 percent of arthritis cases, effecting almost 850 out of every 100,000 Americans. Gout is nine times more common in men than in women, and tends to hit between the ages of 40 and 50.
A new online resource, www.Colchicine.ca, has been created to help educate Americans on the symptoms, causes, prevention and treatment of gout. Untreated or inadequately treated gout is not only extremely painful; it can permanently damage and disfigure joints and tissue.
Gout is caused by a build up of uric acid in the joints. The excess uric acid forms needle sharp crystals that irritate and inflame the cartilage around the joints, usually at the base of the big toe. Gout is characterized by a sudden onset of intense pain, swelling, redness, heat and stiffness. Many gout sufferers can not even bear the weight of a bed sheet on their foot during an attack.
Colchicine is considered one of the most effective gout medications, but the price of colchicine in the US has soared from about 5 cents a colchicine tablet to almost $5 a tablet since the FDA's Unapproved Drug Initiative led to the removal of cheap generic colchicine from the market in 2010 in favor of the brand name colchicine Colcrys.
The new online resource contains a wealth of constantly updated information on gout, gout treatment and gout prevention not found in one place anywhere else, including:
- why gout is more dangerous in women than in men
- new developments in gout treatment
- affordable alternatives to high priced Colcrys
- gout medications and natural remedies for gout
- the connection between gout and diet
- gout myths and misconceptions
- links to gout quizzes, videos, newsletters and other resources
So if you or someone close to you is wondering what the heck is pseudogout or gout tophus, if goutweed is really an effective gout treatment, or how other gout sufferers are using baking soda and poultices to deal with the excruciating pain, check out Colchicine.ca.
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April 30, 2012 by Julia.
Multiple towns in Louisiana are providing special drop zones for customers to safely dispose of their unused prescription and over the counter medications. When unused medications expire, patients often flush them down the toilet, or dispose of them with their household garbage. What many people do not realize is that the flushed medications can enter the water system. There, they can be ingested by plants and animals, or taint the ground water supply. Be sure to safely dispose of your medications in the proper locations, just like a refrigerator or computer disposal. From there, you can buy your prescriptions with the confidence that you are not unduly affecting your environment.
With the constant turnover in your medicine cabinet, you may be noticing a financial burden. However, there are many ways to save on your medications. Buying generic medications is one of the best ways to save money on your prescription purchases. A generic is a medication that has an expired patent. Generic alternatives to expensive brand name medications such as Lipitor and Advair are chemically and therapeutically the same as the brand-name original, but cost significantly less, as the manufacturer does not have to recoup expensive marketing, research, and development costs. Remember to also use coupons wherever possible. Buying online offers many more buying options, such as generic or brand name, or the availability of coupons.
Big Mountain Drugs, an online pharmacy based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, offers certified Canadian pharmacy care at lowered prices. Their mission is to provide safe and reliable medications to their customers. The Canadian pharmacy also partners with sites such as http://www.colchicine.ca/ to provide the most up-to-date information on available medications; both brand name and generic alternatives. Big Mountain Drugs offers well-known brand-name and generic medications such as generic Crestor, Lipitor, Seroquel and Viagra. Big Mountain Drugs specializes in speedy, secure prescription deliveries right to you. They accept prescription and over the counter orders through fax, online orders, and over the phone. The Canadian online pharmacy is proud to offer their telephone service in multiple languages. Big Mountain Drugs is fully certified by PharmacyChecker.com, and is a member of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA).
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September 3, 2012 by Julia.
The new gadget — which is the size and shape of a pen — could also work for a wide range of conditions, say the manufacturers, including headaches, arthritis, facial pain and carpal tunnel syndrome. The therapy can be repeated continually in a GP surgery or pain clinic. Cold temperatures are increasingly being employed by doctors to treat a range of pain conditions.
The treatment is called cryotherapy, and is thought to work by blocking the ability of nerve fibres to transport signals. The conduction of signals along our nerves involves the coordination of a number of complex chemical reactions. It's thought that cold temperatures can slow the rate of these reactions, and lead the nerves to become 'quiet' and stop sending signals. This is partly why our hands and feet go numb in cold temperatures (the cold also causes blood vessels in the extremities to shrink, further adding to the numb sensation).
The cryotherapy pen uses cold liquid nitrogen to chill the tip. When the pen is switched on, the cold liquid inside the device is put under high pressure, which causes it to turn into a super-cold gas. This gas then cools the metal tip. A doctor places the tip — which is the same thickness as a needle — into the patient's skin, which cools the surrounding tissue in a matter of seconds. Sensors in the device monitor the temperature of the skin throughout the treatment, to ensure the tip is cold enough to send the nerves into 'hibernation', but not so cold that it could damage the tissue.
Each treatment session takes around 30 to 45 minutes. It can be repeated as often as required, and the researchers say that the effects last for differing times depending upon the condition that is being treated. Clinical trials are still ongoing, but early data from more than 100 patients already shows that the system can be effective. As well as investigating its use for pain disorders, researchers are also looking into whether the device could work on nerves that control movement. They hope that this will enable it to be used for conditions that cause upper limb spasticity such as stroke, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's. These disorders cause nerve damage, which triggers uncontrolled muscle activity such as clenching, twitching or spasm.
The cold pen has the potential to deactivate the malfunctioning nerves and block the uncontrolled muscle activity. Clint Carnell, chief executive of U.S.-based Myoscience, which developed the device, said: 'We currently have studies looking at its effectiveness for pain and for movement disorders and if all goes well we would hope to launch in the UK in 2013.'
Until the cryotherapy pen is approved around the world, arthritis sufferers, especially those with gout, should ask their doctors about colchicine 0.6mg, a gout treatment that has been available for hundreds of years. Although it is made from a relatively common plant, the autumn crocus, it could be extremely costly at your local pharmacy. International and Canadian pharmacies with different health care plans are able to offer colchicine for significantly less that can be found at your local pharmacy.
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