Thursday, October 2, 2008

Nicomide Me

Grrr. My pharmacy tells me my Nicomide is on backorder, but they have no idea when they'll get it. Apparently there's a problem at the supplier. (You may recall I wrote an article a while back about cystic acne, and how I benefited from Nicomide .) I emailed Sirius/DUSA Labs, the maker of Nicomide, asking what the problem is and received this response:

from: CS-Inbox CS-Inbox@dusapharma.com
to: me
date: Thu, Oct 2, 2008 at 10:43 AM
subject: RE: Sirius Labs Nicomidemailed-by: dusapharma.com

DUSA PHARMACEUTICALS HAS REPORTED THAT NICOMIDE, A VITAMIN-MINERAL PRODUCT CURRENTLY PRESCRIBED BY DERMATOLOGISTS, WILL NO LONGER BE MANUFACTURED AS A PRESCRIPTION PRODUCT. THE DECISION COMES AS A PROACTIVE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO DISCUSSIONS WITH THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA). DUSA HAS PLACED A VOLUNTARY HOLD ON ANY EXISTING INVENTORY OF NICOMIDE PENDING AN UPCOMING MEETING WITH THE FDA. NO DATE AS TO WHEN THIS WILL BE COMPLETED.

I must say, I was very impressed with how quickly they responded. Good service there. However, I did some digging on the internet and found the info the lab sent me is actually from a press release in July, which can be found here:

http://www.biospace.com/news_story.aspx?NewsEntityId=103794

How crap is that? I really don't want to go back to topical creams or tetracycline.

It would be awesome if this was an over the counter vitamin. Wishful thinking though. Well, I guess we're high and dry til the FDA meets with the pharmaceutical company and a decision is made. In the meantime, it's pizza face time.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting. I was wondering what happened to Nicomide. I use the cream and I don't mind it. =P But I think this cream is so much better than the other over the counter ones. Gosh, I hope they'll put it back up and going. -.^

Jen said...

Anon,

You're welcome! I'm glad I could get the word out. This is such a great acne medication. I hope they bring it back soon :)
Jen

Anonymous said...

There is a generic brand available - not sure what the name is but ask at your pharmacy.