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Colchicine from Canada

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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Mickey says at 2012-04-13 11:04:40:

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