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I just today received this email from Valient. I was expecting it. Not good news.Ranette MasonValeant Pharmaceuticals North AmericaOne EnterpriseAliso Viejo, CA 92656T: 949.461.6565F: 949.461.6626E: [email protected] 4, 2010Dear Valued Customer,As you know, we at Valeant have been working diligently to reintroduce Motofen for patient use. From the first time we heard from patients about the need to make this important product available again, this has been a priority for Valeant. Bringing a product to market is a complicated process, but while there were many challenges confronting us in our effort, our focus on helping patients like you pushed us forward. Thus, it is with great regret that we have to inform you that the FDA recently ruled that Motofen can not be approved for use at this time. While this is extremely disappointing to us, we know the implications are far more significant to you as a patient continuing to suffer with your condition.Since learning of the decision from the FDA, our teams have been meeting to discuss next steps as we continue to strive to reintroduce Motofen as soon as possible. As we communicated to you our intent to reintroduce the product by the end of 2009, we felt that it was important that we communicate any advances or setbacks to you immediately.The decision by the FDA was both disappointing and unanticipated. We plan to discuss the decision with the FDA as soon as possible to understand what additional information is required in order to make this important product available to patients again.We will continue to communicate with you and work on behalf of you and other patients as we work through this process of reintroducing Motofen for patient use. We appreciate your support throughout this process and hope you continue to communicate your desire to see Motofen available for use once again.Sincerely,Janet Hammond Ryan WeldonVice President & Chief Medical Officer Vice PresidentGlobal Medical Affairs Neurology
 

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Wow.. I'd start hamemring the FDA with letters now then. Sheesh so sorry about this to all of you relying on this med. This is BEYOND frustrating I know.
 

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am in the Uk but this seems bad news. What can we do? We are a bit behind USA in that we can't access lotronex. Me thinks we should try to band together to ensure anything that helps is available to everyone wherever they live.
 

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Well a group that originated here got Lotronex reintroduced onto the market after the FDA had pulled it. It was called the "Lotronex Action Group" or LAG for short. ANYthing is possible...
 

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I don't remember but let me go see if any of those threads remain in our archives....
 

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If you go to the Diarrhea Specific medications and go to the last few pages the mailing from the lotronex action group is archived there.http://www.ibsgroup.org/forums/index.php?s...all&st=1110Also I think there are some other threads back from those days (2001 or so) that may have some info.Jeff founded the Lotronex Action Group.
 

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I think people on here must be reading my mind as I was both googling and thinking about Motofen the last few days.According to Wikipedia it was 3 times more effective than loperamide and lomotil but not available in the UK and apparently its cost is too high for medical companies.Interestingly it mentioned that it was also used to treat excessive sweating and this was mentioned by another poster,Peggyk I think,who has had her symptoms relieved by an excessive sweating drug,Glyco Pyrrin I think.Do motofen and glycopyrrin have the same ingredients and are they an alternative?
 

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Motofen's ingredients are = Difenoxin and Atropine sulphate. I believe same ingredients for Lomotil. But, it must be a different mixture since Lomotil does not work as well as Motofen.
 

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Motofen was not expensive. I was getting it for $ 30 for a 3 month supply. If it ever comes back on the market I'm guessing the cost will be quite a bit higher. Lotronex is the one that is very expensive = $ 900 a month without insurance. And most insurances will only cover it for a few months.
 

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If Motofen wasn't that expensive I cannot understand why it was never issued in the UK.As for Lotronex,this stuff seems to work well for men as well as women according to tests so why isn't it on the Market also?Sorry,probably cost again.Although when you compare the amount of lost working days to the cost of prescribing lotronex then I'm sure it won't sound so expensive.
 

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Which tests did you see that said Lotronex is just as effective for men.The Phase II studies that the drug company did showed it didn't work for men (which is why men were not in the Phase III trials, since the mid 1990's you have to do testing in both genders and do an analysis) and the Phase IV (after market) showed there was a small subset of men for which responded to Lotronex like women, but not for the majority of men. We have had a few men who are responders post here, but it does seem to be a much smaller proportion of men that respond than women (and not all women respond to it but enough that you can see it above the placebo effect)So it can work for some men, but only those that respond the way women do. A lot of drugs have gender differences, just we don't know most of them because they used to only test drugs in men. Had Lotronex been developed a decade earlier it would have never made it to market as they never would have included women in the trials, IMO.FWIW on the sweating thing. Motofen has an anticholinergic antispasmodic in it (Atropine). One of the effects of all anticholinergics is to reduce sweating that is why all of them have a warning on them (Levsin, Bentyl, the ones used for overactive bladder, any other anticholinergic for any other issue) about being careful in conditions where overheating may be an issue. Some of them may have this effect more strongly than others, but it is just one of the things every single drug in that class does.ETA: Did see there are a couple of newer studies in men where they find some response, but I can't tell how many men really respond (better than placebo at least, but probably not all men just like it isn't all women who respond, either). I do not know if these new studies will ever be able to convince the regulators that any IBS drug will ever be worth approving. The FDA has been pretty clear that they will not allow any drug with any serious risk no matter how small to be approved for IBS. They do not think that any risk is acceptable. The UK seems even less likely to believe IBS requires treatment based on some of the statements from some of the groups that treat IBSers, so I wouldn't hold my breath that Lotronex is even close to being approved for either gender beyond the limited release in the USA.
 

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Active Ingredient in Lotronex: alosetron hydrochlorideInactive Ingredients in Lotronex: lactose (anhydrous), magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, pregelatinized starch. White film coat on 0.5 mg tablet contains: hypromellose, titanium dioxide, and triacetin. Blue film coat on 1 mg tablet contains: hypromellose, titanium dioxide, triacetin, and indigo carmine. You have to wonder why this pill is over $ 1000 for a one month's supply!!
 

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It isn't just ingredients only that determine cost. The cost of pills also has to cover the cost of research, development, and when one company buys something from another company (as Lotronex was bought from Glaxo by another company to produce).If we don't want companies to get research and development costs paid for by what they charge for the pills while they have patent protection then we would all have to pay a lot of taxes so all drug research could be federally funded and that may give the government too much control over what companies can or cannot try to develop.Someone has to pay for all the development and the required testing for safety and efficacy. Scientists cannot work for free and companies that provide chemicals for research and lab equipment will not give those away for free. Also everyone in a clinical study is paid and any medical costs from any serious side effects has to be paid for, etc.in 2001 the average cost to get a drug to where you can even sell it to anyone is $802 million http://csdd.tufts.edu/NewsEvents/NewsArticle.asp?newsid=6Hard to recoup that cost if you only charge what the ingredients cost you to make.I suspect with Lotronex the cost per pill is higher with the highly regulated and restrictive prescription program than it would be if it were regulated like anything else. If you cannot sell as many pills, each one has to cost more.
 

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Kathleen I saw a study were it said 53% of men responded positively to lotronex but this could just have been a very early trial and nothing came of it.
 

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Thank you for the link.I actually qualify for being prescribed Lotronex according to the checklist on every count except the most important one,I'm not a woman.
 

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Well this sucks. We have to endure countless tv commercials about penis extension and male "enhancement" products where if you read the fine print, these things arent approved by the FDA either, but we cant get an actual USEFUL drug that works approved by the commie government run FDA. We have E-coli in everything from tomatoes to cookie dough and they want to restrict use of a drug that works. Just another failed government agency that is more interested in the silver in their palm than the well being of the people who pay their salaries.Normally I wouldnt wish my condition on anyone, but in this case I think I can make an exception for the Fascist Drug Administration. Yes, this pisses me off.
 
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