For Julee70 & others in U.S./Canada interested in mesalamine foam

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Old Hat
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   Posted 5/21/2009 9:38 AM (GMT -6)   
A Shire representative happened to be meeting with my gastro's nurse during my recent office visit. I decided to approach when I saw him leaving & asked him about the possibility of getting the foam marketed in North America. I told him that Shire's affiliate in Australia distributes it there-- all the more reason that we should have access to it! He promised to bring it up to his superiors & explained that his meeting just concluded was basically about Lialda, which didn't surprise me. I assured him that many IBD patients in the U.S. & Canada would appreciate being able to get the foam. He seemed open-minded about it. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

JoMarie
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   Posted 5/21/2009 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
We'd be very interested in the foam, as well...(14 yo son does well with administering his own cortifoam).  I have a book here "Ulcerative Colitis: focus on topical treatment" from the year 2000.  The European docs were discussing mesalamine foam.  So it's been available there for at least 9 years...What's the deal?  Seems like a basic foundation of treatment, at least for proctitis/proctosigmoiditis so I wonder what the hold up is?

Old Hat
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   Posted 5/21/2009 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
JoMarie, I hope I'm wrong about this-- but I have a feeling that the suppository-making pharmas are keeping it out to avoid competition for their expensive product. Julee70 was able to buy a supply of foam during a trip abroad last yr & reported back to us that the dispenser is larger & different than what comes with Cortifoam, but she got advice on using it here from member Knitty_Cat in Australia & had no problem, plus got relief from her inflammation while using it. That's really what we're after-- so I hope Shire will take the matter seriously & market foam in North America finally. It's such a logical thing to do; we're a larger patient population than Australia! / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

JoMarie
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   Posted 5/21/2009 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
You are right, it would seem logical to offer it here...I'm sure there would be at least as big of a market for that as for Cortifoam, if not more so...Rectal 5ASAs are supposed to be more effective than the topical steroids, and better at maintaining remission....
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