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News today that the former owners of the patent covering the product Mirvaso have sued Galderma over a contract dispute. The 5 former owners of Sansrosa say that a contract error will cost them $20m. Sansrosa, who was then owned by Collagenex was sold to Galderma in 2008. Galderma asserts a group of patents protect […]

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Bayer HealthCare has announced positive results from a Phase III trial that evaluated the safety and efficacy of a foam formulation of Finacea – 15% azelaic acid. Last we heard from Finacea Foam was results from trials in 2011 where 401 patients were trialled. This study examined how well finacea foam performed compared to the […]

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Report ONRELTEA bad reactions to Canada Vigilance Program

Users of ONRELTEA in Canada who have bad reactions or `adverse events’ related to using this newly approved product are reminded in the ONRELTEA Product Monograph to report these events. The body responsible for supervising prescription drugs is the Canada Vigilance Program. The Brimonidine based topical which is available in the US as Mirvaso has […]

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ONRELTEA User Reviews

Galderma, for reasons unknown, decided to rebrand the newly FDA approved Mirvaso as ONRELTEA in Canada (yes they use all capitals in the brand name). This continues the tradition for Galderma of split North American branding; Oracea in the US is known as Efracea in Canada. There is already some history of user experiences of […]

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Cliradex T4O wipes for treating Eye Lash Mites

In mid 2012 we learned that a company called Tissue Tech was going to trial single use T4O wipes as a treatment for ocular demodex mites. Early last year Bio-Tissue Inc., the parent company of Tissue Tech announced the release of Cliradex. This new product is promoted as a tea tree oil based moist towelette […]

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Nasalcrom regulates Mast Cells – reduces redness

In September last year a trial was listed to assess whether cromolyn sodium ophthalmic solution 4% could improve the redness associated with rosacea. This trial was listed by Dr. Anna Di Nardo, who is a part of the UCSD and has received NRS funding in 2012 to research the link between Mast Cells and the […]

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Mirvaso

News today that the former owners of the patent covering the product Mirvaso have sued Galderma over a contract dispute. The 5 former owners of Sansrosa say that a contract error will cost them $20m. Sansrosa, who was then owned by Collagenex was sold to Galderma in 2008. Galderma asserts a group of patents protect […]

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Galderma has reached into its bag of trademarks and announced that Mirvaso will be known as ONRELTEA in Canada. Red Faced? Rosacea Sufferers Now Have a New Option Proven to Reduce Facial Redness Health Canada Approves The First and Only Topical Treatment Indicated for the Persistent Facial Erythema of Rosacea THORNHILL, ON, May 21, 2014 […]

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Mirvaso may cost £34 a tube in the UK

Following hot on the heels of the announcement that Mirvaso has been approved across Europe is an update to the UK’s NHS New Drugs website. The Mirvaso page has hinted that the cost of Mirvaso in the UK, when it launches next month, may be as low as £34  a tube. Further, a tube is […]

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Mirvaso Rebound and Stinging Documented in JAAD

The occurrence of significant rebound redness and stinging after using Mirvaso is beginning to surface more and more in the public eye. This recent letter to the editor in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology describes 3 cases of severe reaction to Mirvaso. Patient 1 had “in all areas where the medication had […]

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Demodex Mites

Cliradex T4O wipes for treating Eye Lash Mites

In mid 2012 we learned that a company called Tissue Tech was going to trial single use T4O wipes as a treatment for ocular demodex mites. Early last year Bio-Tissue Inc., the parent company of Tissue Tech announced the release of Cliradex. This new product is promoted as a tea tree oil based moist towelette […]

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Linda Stein Gold mentions in a video posted on Skin and Allergy News, referring to Galderma’s Ivermectin Cream ; Phase 3 Clinical Trials have completed, and FDA Approval is expected later this year (2014). This is great new for those who 1) want to try an approved treatment for demodex mites and 2) may not […]

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Topical Ivermectin 0.5% being trialled for Demodicidosis and rosacea papules

A just listed clinical trial shows a continuing interest in the usage of Topical Ivermectin for rosacea like syptoms. This trial will see how well Ivermectin can treat Demodicidosis and the associated symptoms of redness, dryness, itch, roughness and scaling. What is Demodicidosis? Demodicidosis is a condition where there is an infestation of demodex mites. […]

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Demodex Bacteria and Low Sebum in PPR Sufferers

One more baby step in the quest to describe what role demodex mites might or might not play in how rosacea progresses as disease. This latest paper tells us that in those rosacea sufferers who have a reaction to 2 proteins isolated from demodex related bacteria, you will also likely find low levels of sebum. […]

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Oracea

Step backwards for Generic Oracea. Invalid patents are back

For those following the saga of the possible availability of Generic Oracea in the future, another twist today. Two of the patents that were previously ruled invalid and thus unable to protect Galderma’s product, have now been ruled no longer invalid. This legal ruling will no doubt embolden Galderma that their profitable product Oracea can […]

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Generic Oracea one step closer, Lupin gets Tentative FDA Approval

News today that Lupin has been granted tentative approval by the FDA to product a generic version of Oracea. We learn in 2010 that Lupin had filed an abbreviated new drug application to make generic Oracea. Lupin Pharmaceuticals, based in Mumbai India,  is a company specialising in the production of generic medicines. It has been […]

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Indian Pharma may allow Generic Oracea

There is always a lot going on in the world of BigPharma. A recent court case in India suggests that the Indian Government will allow local manufacturers to produce generic versions of in-patent drugs that are simple derivatives of existing drugs. India’s law restricts pharmaceutical companies from obtaining new patents for small modifications to existing […]

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Oracea launches as Apprilon in Canada

A press release today from Galderma confirms that they will be marketing the product known in the US as Oracea under the name Apprilon in Canada. All of the same precautions and prescription details for Apprilon are the same as for Oracea, i.e. it is the exact same modified-release capsule, 40 mg doxycycline. First of […]

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Natural Treatments

Cliradex T4O wipes for treating Eye Lash Mites

In mid 2012 we learned that a company called Tissue Tech was going to trial single use T4O wipes as a treatment for ocular demodex mites. Early last year Bio-Tissue Inc., the parent company of Tissue Tech announced the release of Cliradex. This new product is promoted as a tea tree oil based moist towelette […]

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Rutin Forte Supplement reduces redness apparently

A paper published in the Georgian Medical News, and listed on PubMed details a study that concludes that Rutin Forte is an effective means for the treatment and prevention of erythematous rosacea. The supplement was included alongside regular rosacea therapy of topical and oral antibiotics. What is Rutin Forte? Rutin Forte is a nutritional supplement […]

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Topical Kanuka Honey as a Rosacea Treatment

A research letter published recently in Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies has detailed some very early investigations into whether topical kanuka honey might be suitable as a treatment for rosacea. The trial of topical kaunka honey was conducted on 10 patients who attend a doctor’s surgery in  Tauranga, New Zealand. Patients applied medical-grade kanuka honey […]

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Alternative Rosacea Therapies – What Botanicals Work?

Why do rosacea sufferers want alternative or natural therapies? Despite the availability of several types of topical, systemic and laser therapies, and many years of research into rosacea, why is there so much ongoing interest in alternative and natural therapies ? The writers of this 2011 paper think that this is a good question, and […]

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Metrogel

The National Rosacea Society is 20 Years Old

A recent blog posting from the NRS has mentioned that this month the National Rosacea Society is 20 years old. NRS Celebrates 20 Years Thursday, September 6, 2012 The National Rosacea Society (NRS) marks its 20th anniversary in 2012, and is pleased to report on the vast ongoing progress that has been made toward fulfilling […]

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Acne seems to have a lot of available treatments. Certainly compared to rosacea, acne has a bigger array of possible treatments that have been proven to be viable treatments. One of the interesting things about rosacea is that even though it can look like acne for some, generally it cannot be treated by otherwise helpful […]

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Novartis Must Drop Fougera’s Generic Metrogel

In May this year we learnt that Novartis would be buying Fougera Pharmaceuticals . One of the products that would come over to Novartis through this deal would be generic metronidazole. Today the FTC has approved the $1.5b deal, but has ruled that Novartis must relinquish Fougera’s rights to manufacturer generic metronidazole, and leave the […]

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OK the title is a bit of a stretch as currently there is no such product as Metrofoam, but keep reading to see where I’m coming from. Last year a patent surfaced, owned by Galderma, claiming rights to a “stable, metronidazole-based oil-in-water emulsion expandable into a topically applicable foam having a firm, creamy and light […]

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Fact Sheets

AARS, The Best Rosacea Topicals

The American Acne & Rosacea Society have published another paper in their series looking at the state of the art in rosacea treatments. This part is dedicated to rosacea topicals, and how to use them to manage rosacea symptoms. The paper is described as reviewing “topical agents approved by the US Food and Drug Administration […]

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Syndets and Lipid Free Cleansers, What Are They? Do They Work?

You may have come across the term Syndet or `Lipid Free Cleanser’ when researching mild cleansers. What are they, and am I missing something by not having them in my daily regime? What is a Syndet? Well the term means `Synthetic Detergent’ and is an attempt to create a cleanser that is suitable for the […]

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Rosacea Subtypes, How are they related?

So we all know the official rosacea subtypes right  ? Erythematotelangiectatic, Papulopustular, Phymatous and Ocular rosacea (Lets ignore neurogenic rosacea for now). Well, are these 4 sub types related, and in what way? Will rosacea progress in severity and can your rosacea proceed between subtypes? If we are in a question asking mood, then why […]

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How much do Rosacea Prescriptions Really Cost?

You don’t have to read the online rosacea forums for very long to see the outrage at how much rosacea sufferers, especially in the US, pay for Rosacea Prescriptions. If you want to try Metrogel 1%, Oracea or Finacea what might you expect to pay? The answer is actually not straight forward. A lot will […]

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User Reviews

ONRELTEA User Reviews

Galderma, for reasons unknown, decided to rebrand the newly FDA approved Mirvaso as ONRELTEA in Canada (yes they use all capitals in the brand name). This continues the tradition for Galderma of split North American branding; Oracea in the US is known as Efracea in Canada. There is already some history of user experiences of […]

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Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Wipes, no rinsing needed

I feel like a bit of a Galderma PR machine at the moment, but Galderma do seem to be doing a lot. Maybe this product is yet another step in Galderma’s quest  to own the Rosacea Market. So coming soon is a moist cloth version of Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. Have you ever wished that […]

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Mirvaso User Reviews

Mirvaso is so new that only a few rosacea sufferers have been able to try it. What are your chances of having a bad reaction ? How are users in the real world faring, and will the general population see the same level of benefits as the large number of Phase III trialists ? So […]

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Do  BB Creams (Blemish Balm) Work for Rosacea?

What is a BB Cream? Perhaps better known to the Asian beauty market, Blemish Balm (BB) Creams are somewhat similar to a tinted moisturiser, perhaps also including some sun protection. Some formulations, especially so in Asian markets may additionally contain skin whitening agents. I’m sure all rosacea sufferers would like to think that there is […]

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Moisturizers

NeoStrata Facial Cleanser and Ultra Moisturizing Face Cream

Rosacea sufferers are always on the lookup for suitable cleansers and moisturizers. One of the pearls in finding relief from rosacea symptoms is that finding a supporting and gentle cleansing and moisturizing (and protective) regime is important. A recent paper by Dr. Patricia Farris, Skin Care Based on Science: Improving Outcomes in Rosacea, tells us […]

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Bionect improves Rosacea Symptoms

A recent paper in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology suggests that Bionect may be helpful for the symptoms of rosacea. The study found that after 4 weeks the burning or stinging and dryness of rosacea was much improved, while papules and redness were also improved. What is Bionect? Bionect is a prescription only cream, […]

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The American Academy of Dermatology has published some face-washing tips. Washing your face may seem like such a simple activity that highlighting it may feel unnecessary. For rosacea sufferers though, we know that a gentle skin care regime is important. Starting your rosacea-beating regime with an irritating cleanse is simply going to make your skin […]

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Do  BB Creams (Blemish Balm) Work for Rosacea?

What is a BB Cream? Perhaps better known to the Asian beauty market, Blemish Balm (BB) Creams are somewhat similar to a tinted moisturiser, perhaps also including some sun protection. Some formulations, especially so in Asian markets may additionally contain skin whitening agents. I’m sure all rosacea sufferers would like to think that there is […]

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Cleansers

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Wipes, no rinsing needed

I feel like a bit of a Galderma PR machine at the moment, but Galderma do seem to be doing a lot. Maybe this product is yet another step in Galderma’s quest  to own the Rosacea Market. So coming soon is a moist cloth version of Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. Have you ever wished that […]

Continue Reading

NeoStrata Facial Cleanser and Ultra Moisturizing Face Cream

Rosacea sufferers are always on the lookup for suitable cleansers and moisturizers. One of the pearls in finding relief from rosacea symptoms is that finding a supporting and gentle cleansing and moisturizing (and protective) regime is important. A recent paper by Dr. Patricia Farris, Skin Care Based on Science: Improving Outcomes in Rosacea, tells us […]

Continue Reading

Syndets and Lipid Free Cleansers, What Are They? Do They Work?

You may have come across the term Syndet or `Lipid Free Cleanser’ when researching mild cleansers. What are they, and am I missing something by not having them in my daily regime? What is a Syndet? Well the term means `Synthetic Detergent’ and is an attempt to create a cleanser that is suitable for the […]

Continue Reading

The American Academy of Dermatology has published some face-washing tips. Washing your face may seem like such a simple activity that highlighting it may feel unnecessary. For rosacea sufferers though, we know that a gentle skin care regime is important. Starting your rosacea-beating regime with an irritating cleanse is simply going to make your skin […]

Continue Reading

New Treatments

Report ONRELTEA bad reactions to Canada Vigilance Program

Users of ONRELTEA in Canada who have bad reactions or `adverse events’ related to using this newly approved product are reminded in the ONRELTEA Product Monograph to report these events. The body responsible for supervising prescription drugs is the Canada Vigilance Program. The Brimonidine based topical which is available in the US as Mirvaso has […]

Continue Reading

ONRELTEA User Reviews

Galderma, for reasons unknown, decided to rebrand the newly FDA approved Mirvaso as ONRELTEA in Canada (yes they use all capitals in the brand name). This continues the tradition for Galderma of split North American branding; Oracea in the US is known as Efracea in Canada. There is already some history of user experiences of […]

Continue Reading

Cliradex T4O wipes for treating Eye Lash Mites

In mid 2012 we learned that a company called Tissue Tech was going to trial single use T4O wipes as a treatment for ocular demodex mites. Early last year Bio-Tissue Inc., the parent company of Tissue Tech announced the release of Cliradex. This new product is promoted as a tea tree oil based moist towelette […]

Continue Reading

Nasalcrom regulates Mast Cells – reduces redness

In September last year a trial was listed to assess whether cromolyn sodium ophthalmic solution 4% could improve the redness associated with rosacea. This trial was listed by Dr. Anna Di Nardo, who is a part of the UCSD and has received NRS funding in 2012 to research the link between Mast Cells and the […]

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