URGENT QUESTION FOR EYE DOCTORS
/OPTHALMOLOGISTS .......NEW GLAUCOMA
EYEDROPS MEDICATION "OCUFORS" - IS IT AVAILABLE YET? IF SO, IN WHICH COUNTRIES?
Hi! I am a 67 year old Australian lady who has just been diagnosed with pseudo exfoliating glaucoma in the right eye only (pressure 26, reasonable field of vision, but optic nerve damage assessed at 50%). The left eye is 18, and field seems OK, no apparent optic nerve damage.
My problem is that the opthalmologist whom I saw for the first time today rushed through the appointment (testing, a Lumigan eyedrops prescription, and a couple of pamphlets pushed into my hand as I was pushed out the door), and gave me no time to ask questions or to explain that I had a history of extreme sensitivity to chemicals - environmental toxins, natural and artificial chemicals in many foods, and drugs (I don't take any, except for the unavoidable penicillin I am on at the moment for a persistent gum infection). As a matter of fact, there was no enquiry about my medical history or current drugs.
When I read the patient information accompanying the Lumigan prescription (which I have not started yet), I got very worried. I could see myself being a potential candidate for severe reactions, but would risk damage from pressure rebound if I started and then had to stop. The preservative - benzalkonium chloride - is also a concern, since the benzoate in a skin cream caused a bright red rash over my skin, after the formula switched from citric acid as a preservative.
I have been anxiously searching the internet for alternative, safer, eyedrops for reducing eye pressure, and have discovered an interesting possibility - Ocufors, a plant-derived Forskolin solution which claims to avoid the side effects of currently used glaucoma eyedrops, while being actually more effective in reducing IOP.
The problem is that I can't find any recent information about its availability - is Ocufors on the market yet, or likely to be in the near future? (I am in Australia, but maybe can order from the U.S.? Or would I need a prescription from a health professional? NOT this opthalmologist! She has no time to listen to me).
Any information or suggestions from you would be most gratefully received!
Set whatever price you consider reasonable, if you can help me to get my hands on a regular supply of Ocufors, either now or in the near future.
I don't think I have the courage to start the Lumigan. I think I will just take lots of vitamins and omega 3
essential fatty acids (softens eye tissues and improves drainage), while waiting for the Ocufors. Here's hoping!
Regards, XXXXX .............. LSangster@ adam.com.au
P.S. The item below is the latest news I can find.
-----------------------------------------------------------PISCATAWAY, N.J., Sept. 5 (2006) /PRNewswire/ -- Sabinsa Corporation, a manufacturer and supplier of high quality herbal extracts, nutraceuticals, minerals and specialty fine chemicals, has been granted permission by the Drugs Controller General of India to manufacture and market Ocufors(TM), a standardised 1% ophthalmic solution developed from the herb Coleus Forskohlii (Forskolin), after meeting mandatory research requirements and undergoing extensive (human) clinical trials with positive results.
Sabinsa , a U.S. based company, was founded by Muhammed Majeed (Ph.D.) who had travelled to the U.S. from India in 1975. He also founded Sami Labs in Bangalore, India, which developed Ocufors and owns the U.S. patent.
"The company (Sami Labs or Sabinsa?) is in the process of seeking international registrations in Europe, US and Australia (as of 2006)."
"Research and development has always been strength and focus for Sabinsa, and through our ongoing efforts we were able to develop this stable, water- soluble forskolin solution that has been shown in clinical trials to be 30 percent more effective than the most popular glaucoma treatment on the world market today," noted Dr. Muhammed Majeed, founder and CEO, Sabinsa Corporation. "It is an honor to receive this approval, which speaks highly about our stringent safety, efficacy and quality standards, which we apply to all of our ingredients whether they be prescription grade, generic commodities or our branded offerings."