This page may be of interest. Note that the date of this forum post was March 2008. Things may have changed since then.
For anyone that's interested, I emailed Biogen and got a response regarding their Fumaric Acid Esther drug, Fumaderm or BG-12. I am interested in this form of treatment and am baffled as to why Biogen isn't putting it through psoriasis trials in the US, considering the fact it has been approved in Germany for years - and apparently works pretty well. Yes, there are some side effects, aren't there always? Anyway, not sure if we can do something with this information, but they answered my question about how one can get the product in the US. Just would need to find a derm who is able to do this? Anyone have other ideas or comments?
(From Biogen to me)
thank you for your Email to our service center. You wanted to found out how you can get Fumaderm in the US. We found a pharmacy which delivers Fumaderm in the US. Please find enclosed the needed contact details:
Am Flughafen 6
79108 Freiburg im Breisgau
Contact person: Frau Göpfrich, Tel. 0049 761 5042318 /fax: 0049 76150423618/email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Below please find one possible process to order Fumaderm in the US:
First of all the patient gets the prescription from the doctor and brings it to the pharmacy/drugstore. The pharmacists should send a copy of the prescription to the address mentioned above (via fax or email is fine). Komtur will send a proforma invoice to the pharmacy and the money must be transferred (prepayment). After Komtur Pharmaceuticals received the money on their account, they'll send Fumaderm immediately to the pharmacy.
I hope this will help you. If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to contact me.
Assistentin Marketing & Vertrieb Dermatologie
Biogen Idec GmbH