Great news for all my PD brothers and sisters out there. I just found out today that a few days ago, the FDA gave a rubber stamp approval to the drug that I was blessed to be a participant in the Stage 3 Safety portion of its trial in 2016. You can go back in my blog and see my real time reaction to the immediate efficacy of this drug.
Originally developed by Cynapsus Pharmaceutical when I started taking it; that company was bought by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals in September 2016 for $635 million. And I think they made an amazing buy.
They developed a new delivery system for the drug, Apomorphine, which up to this point was only available in pen/needle style of delivery that has you injecting yourself. Its more painful, a pain in the butts to deal with needle sticks and it is expensive. It appears there could be as many as 5 doses in one pen cartridge or as little as 2 and each cartridge is over $1000/month according to the RX sites I looked up. But the drug works.
The team at a small Canadian pharmaceutical company named, Cynapsus figured out a way to put it into Listerine-style under-the-tongue subliminal strips and it worked!!! I found the trial through the Michael J. Fox Trial Finder and was accepted. The first day they gave one to me I didn't take my dopamine in the morning. They gave me this instead. I am not lying when I tell you that my high velocity tremor when dead still in approx 3.5 minutes. I have a video tape of my face when it just STOPPED COLD. I was in stunned amazement. I walked out of there with three boxes of strips and a chart to graph my results. It was then I told my then husband, "Someone big is going to buy this pharma company up, watch." Sooner than I could buy their stock, the wonderful pharma team at Sunovion scooped them up..... And luckily for all of us they had the resources and the man power to do what other pharmaceutical companies have not been able to - - - they have brought to the patients. It is planned to hit the market in September. I hope its not as expensive as its counterpart. Trust me; if you are bothered by tremor OR you have DYSTONIA for which there are no drugs currently that effectively treat (you have to have DBS to help) - what is now called KYNMOBI - - for me only in my personal experience, also stopped the dystonic twist of my head, arms, legs and feet.
A truly amazing drug. I want to send kudos to all the researchers who worked on this drug and the folks at the FDA that were just as confident as I that this is a game changer. No more wondering when your pills are going to kick in. The strip works within 15 minutes I believe (it works faster for me) and you're out the door, feeling strong and confident.
My only regret?? That I didn't follow my instincts and buy that damn Cynapsus stock. It shot up $21.35 the first day. 116%. Could kick myself.
Here is a quick link to my writings at the time of the trial:
Scroll down the first two and you'll see them.
I will try to find the video or see if I can get FB to recover it for me and then post it.
You get a standing ovation for your hard work and dedication Sunovion. I can now add another team of Super Heroes to my list.
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