Though I write from the UK, I have many American friends. Selfishly, I also fear that the terrible injustice forced on my friends in America will also be adopted by my government and others round the world.
Anyone who relies on colchicine for their wellbeing must act now. Anyone with any compassion, decency, or sense of justice should join the fight.
Colchicine Crisis Background
The FDA have recently approved colchicine as a brand for treatment of gout and Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF). Colchicine is derived from the autumn crocus and has been recognized as an anti-inflammatory painkiller since ancient times. It has been available as a generic drug for decades, and there is no justification for allowing any branding rights.
In my earlier reports, I was unaware that the FDA gave exclusive colchicine rights to URL Pharma. I have learned that not only is t this true, but also URL Pharma are actively suing, or preparing to sue all other colchicine providers.
We require urgent government investigation into the forces that pushed the FDA into what is quite probably an illegal granting of the license on colchicine. But, more urgently, we need action now to suspend the FDA action immediately to prevent unnecessary suffering, and even death.
Colchicine Killer Crisis
For gout sufferers, there are (less effective) alternatives to colchicine, but this is not the case for FMF sufferers. I cannot state the case more urgently or more eloquently than Nancy Sparks Morrison has done in Colchicine and Colchrys – the PROBLEM. For Nancy and other FMF sufferers Colcrys is a killer that must be stopped now.
Is the misery of painful suffering, and worse, worth a few extra dollars for URL Pharma?
Price for generic colchicine has been about 11 cents per 0.6mg tablet.
Price for colcrys is going to be approx. $5.00 for 0.6mg tablet.
Except for the fact that I will DIE without colchicine treatment which completely stops the production of amyloids leading to death for FMF patients, I would agree with the complete boycott of colcrys.
Secondly, I will be unable to afford colcrys in any case.
I am terrified that I will go back to being bed-ridden and in excruciating pain, and DIE because I can not afford colcrys. I do NOT want to DIE.
Someone needs to look into price fixing.
The same substance. The same production cost. Profit from pain has never been more cynical, more unjust, more immoral than this.
Please Help Stop This Profit From Pain
Nancy has set up a FMF support group. Please join it and become active in your support for this campaign against pharmaceutical terror.
Please help those who need colchicine find it at an affordable price.
If you can help campaign against this injustice, I’ll see you in the forums, otherwise please just pass this on.