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What to Do Now that Pliaglis is Discontinued?

Posted Dec 29 2008 4:43pm

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Earlier in 2008, many dermatological patients were excited with the release of Pliaglis, a lidocaine and tetracaine-based peel-off mask designed to dull pain prior to injections and laser sessions.  Pliaglis was exciting because it contained 7% lidocaine, the highest concentration approved by the FDA, and was  found in Dermatologic Surgery to have low risk of side effects. Unfortunately, a press release from Gliderma (the makers of Pliaglis) confirms that Pliaglis has been pulled from the market due to “significant levels of variability in the viscosity parameter, resulting in a thicker cream which can make application of the product difficult.”

Pre-procedure, it is now best to talk to your dermatologist or plastic surgeon about alternatives for Pliaglis.  In addition, some patients may find it helpful to use over-the-counter numbing solutions post-procedure.  One alternative is Dr. Hauschka Ouch Arnica Compress ($10.00 for five, Amazon.com ).  Although a 1998 systematic review in Archives of Surgery established that arnica is not effacacious beyond a placebo effect,  Dr. Hauschka Ouch Arnica Compresses are still popular products amongst patients.

I will keep you updated on Pliaglis information in the future!

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