Last week was my 3 month checkup with the neurologist for the Phase 4 FDA trial to get the Neupro patch back on the market in the U.S.A.
Did you know that the patches are now on back-order with Canadian pharmacies? I think the drug manufacturers do that when they are stock-piling the drug getting ready for the release in the United States.
I expect the release to be this week or in the very near future – although my speculation of that has been going on for awhile. You ask, “Why, do you think the release is so near?”
Well, one reason is that the delivery of my three month supply of patches (as a drug trial participant) was delayed by over a week. A rep from the company told my doctor’s assistant that they were held up in shipment because they had anticipated an earlier release. The second reason I believe that UCB Schwarz Pharma will release Neupro soon is because of the back-order status in the Canadian pharmacies.
We’ll see what happens in the next few weeks. I’m still praying for a March, 2010 release so that all of you who need this drug will be able to have it as soon as possible. Let’s keep our fingers crossed…..and I might even purchase some Schwarz Pharma stock since their sales will soon soar upon the release of the Neupro patch!