Metrogel 1% Pump; for those who don’t like a Tube?

Written by on January 18, 2012 in Metrogel 1% with 3 Comments
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Galderma have announced that Metrogel 1% will now be available in a 55gm Pump. Galderma are citing the benefits of a better looking dispenser, minimizing waste, easier compliance with prescribing instructions and “facilitating product handling”. Galderma received FDA approval for Metrogel 1% Pump in October 2011.

Metrogel 1% Pump is now available on prescription in pharmacies across the U.S.

As we know, the Metronidazole market is awash with choices; Metrogel 1%, Rozex, Metrolotion, Metrocream and Noritate – and now Metrogel 1% Pump.

Galderma Announces Availability of New Metrogel(R) 1% Pump Dispenser for the Treatment of Papulopustular Rosacea

Pump Delivery Provides Consistent Dosing, Minimizes Waste and May Help Increase Patient Compliance

FORT WORTH, TX–(Marketwire -01/17/12)- Galderma Laboratories, L.P. today announced the availability of a new pump dispenser design for MetroGel® (metronidazole) Gel, 1%, the most powerful strength of topical metronidazole available in a gel to treat the inflammatory lesions (bumps and blemishes) associated with rosacea. The MetroGel® 1% Pump, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved in October 2011, is now available by prescription to patients in pharmacies nationwide.

Results from a new survey of 207 physician-diagnosed rosacea patients, ages 25 to 65, found 69 percent of patients prefer a pump over a tube. Patients in the survey also felt the pump was more aesthetically pleasing and reported the pump delivery facilitates product handling and storage and minimizes waste. Additionally, patients thought the pump delivery would help them to follow their doctor’s instructions on product usage.

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3 Reader Comments

  1. Patrick Flaherty says:

    Yes agree a lot of waste in the tube, I use Rozex, when will it be in Europe, the pump that is?

  2. David Pascoe says:

    I’m not aware that Galderma has applied for approval to even sell Metrogel 1% in Europe. It is the same in Australia, you cannot get the new formulation of Metrogel 1%.

    Rozex is the “old” formulation of 0.75% Metrogel.

    I know that for a drug to become approved for government subsidy in Australia (the PBS) it needs to demonstrate that it is novel and provides significant benefit over competing treatments. Perhaps this holds Galderma back from submitting Metrogel 1% for approval – knowing that it is a hard job to get it onto the PBS.

    There is some research to show that 1%, 0.75%, once or twice a day doesn’t make a measurable difference in results. If it is going to work, it will work pretty much the same regardless of which topical path you choose.

    dp.

  3. my Metrogel pump has plugged up. The solution has “frozen” in the pump. I am sure if I begin to poke around I will break the plastic tube inside! Please tell me how to “Melt” the product so the pump can be used again. I would appreciate an answer from Galderma or David.

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