I have been thinking about ordering Fumaderm directly from Germany, since my doc already thinks that drug is better than the Copaxone I am taking while waiting. I was wondering if anyone has experience with Canadian or US customs.
Altough that drug is in fact very old, I also wonder if I really fell like taking it so early in its use for the treatment of MS, but that is a completely different subject!
Ummm, that seems like the best idea so far! Thanks for you reply.CureOrBust wrote:Not sure if it would be any different, but i have read on this board, of people getting it compounded locally.
Fumaderm in the US - Biogen's response to me
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/s ... 22&ct=clnk
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: email@example.com
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
http://www.thisisms.com/forum/bg-12-dim ... ml#p198340
While Fumaderm is:CureOrBust wrote:dimethyl fumarate and monomethyl fumarate
http://www.ipaustralia.com.au/applicant ... 010242064/
Not exactly the same text, but maybe a chemist can chime in.Fumaderm
Active Ingredient(s): Dimethylfumarat + Ethylhydrogenfumarat
Fumaderm's active ingredients are listed in the German paitient's information document.
http://www.psoriasis-support.de/media/m ... 070228.pdf
The active ingredients are:
- Dimethyl fumarate, 120 mg
- Ethyl hydrogen fumarate, calcium salt, 87 mg
- Ethyl hydrogen fumarate, magnesium salt, 5 mg
- Ethyl hydrogen fumarate, zinc salt, 3mg.
Here is a very rough Google translastion of the pdf.
http://translate.googleusercontent.com/ ... eU-qP7EQug
Fumaderm is easily available from all sorts of international pharmacies. If my understanding is correct, Switzerland has easier regulations than the US or Canada for dispensing drugs and there are quite a few Swiss pharmacies operating online. All they require is a prescription and a form that you sign, stating that the prescription you are submitting was obtained from a 'real' doctor in your country. To name one, I found the following: http://www.pharmaworld.com. They quoted me 100X120 mg for approx. $600 US.
Don't think I will do it for a few reasons: 1. not quite sure if the difference between Fumaderm and BG-12 is significant, 2. not sure haw hard it would be to get it through customs and 3. insurance will not pay for a drug not approved by health Canada.
Thanks to the ones who commented. Your comments are very interesting.
And as a last note, It would be very interesting to hear from anyone who has given it some tought or has tried and managed to get it done.
Thank you for the info.
Not sure I will rush into that when it gets approved in Canada. It's a forever debate. DMD or not!!