FLECTOR Anti-Inflammatory Pain Relief Patch Available In US

2008-01-24 23:36

Alpharma announced availability of FLECTOR Patch (diclofenac epolamine topical patch) 1.3%, the first and only anti-inflammatory pain relief patch in US. Available by prescription, the adhesive patch delivers medication directly to the site of pain, offering a safe and effective alternative to widely used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that are taken orally. The targeted delivery of FLECTOR Patch through the skin results in minimal systemic absorption of diclofenac, one of the best selling and most widely used orally administered NSAIDs worldwide.

"The main drawback of commonly used oral anti-inflammatory medications is that many people cannot tolerate them," said Robert Sheu, M.D., Director of the Pain Division, Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York. "There are a lot of physicians and patients who would prefer a more targeted approach to treating pain at the site of an injury, and a topical patch accomplishes this while avoiding the stomach and digestive tract." Studies have shown that up to 50 percent of patients who suffer from pain have intolerance to traditional oral NSAIDs.

Acute pain is a common problem with one in four Americans suffering an episode of pain lasting longer than 24 hours. FLECTOR Patch is indicated for the topical treatment of acute pain due to minor strains, sprains and contusions.

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In a national survey released today by the National Pain Foundation (NPF), supported by a grant from Alpharma Pharmaceuticals LLC, 93 percent of survey respondents expressed that people take too many pills, and 82 percent said they would be interested in a prescription pain relief patch that delivers medication directly to the point of pain. Further reinforcing the need for new pain relief therapies, the survey shows that only 22 percent of people were very satisfied with the current method they used to treat their pain.

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I volunteer at a Prescription Assistance Program and have a patient who has inquired about the Flector Patch. Do you have a program for people who can't afford to buy prescription drugs? We are at First United Methodist Church 801 E. Main St Rockport, Texas 78382 Please write or call 361-729-1666
Could the FLECTOR patch be effective in relieving chronic hip bursitis pain?
I suffer from Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disk Disease, Spinal Stenosis (neck) and also have bone spurs in the vertebraes of my spine. I am uninsured and cannot afford the majority of my medication that is prescribed for these issues, including Flector patches. Does anyone know of a Patient Assistance Program that might be able to help with the cost of the Flector patches?
You can go to needy meds dot org. There is a coupon for the Flector patch and explanation of the guidelines for eligibility. The Healthwell Foundation is also a wonderful organization that assists with screening and pharmacy assistance eligibility for medications for those with and without insurance.
I also want to know if the Flector pain patch would be effective on chronic hip and knee bursitis.