Oxsoralen® Supply Status Update (as of June 18, 2010)
Oxsoralen-Ultra (Methoxsalen Capsules, USP, 10mg) is now available again in the United States on a limited supply basis. Valeant recognizes the importance of this drug to you and your patients and has been working diligently in partnership with the FDA to address the drug shortage. We are pleased to resume shipments, and Oxsoralen-Ultra (Methoxsalen Capsules, USP, 10mg) can be obtained for your patients through pharmacies. Please instruct the pharmacy to work with their wholesalers to arrange for shipment. If you have any questions or concerns about product availability, please contact our Customer Care group at 1-800-556-1937 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For many patients with moderate to severe psoriasis, the answer is PUVA therapy, a well-known system of phototherapy and Oxsoralen-Ultra® (Methoxsalen Capsules, USP, 10mg). PUVA is an acronym for Psoralen plus UVA light and is a special type of phototherapy that combines the use of the drug Oxsoralen-Ultra® with exposure of the skin to UVA (ultraviolet A) light. Oxsoralen-Ultra® capsules make the skin more sensitive to light
Studies show that UVA therapy with Oxsoralen-Ultra® effectively clears or improves severe, recalcitrant, disabling psoriasis in 84% of the patients who undergo this therapy.1 Studies further show that it can lead to extended remissions lasting from months to years. It's also reassuring to know that PUVA therapy has been monitored for long-term clinical safety in the treatment of psoriasis.2
Safe and effective treatment of psoriasis. That's the promise of UVA therapy with Oxsoralen-Ultra®. While it is not known how to cure psoriasis, however we do know one very encouraging thing: many patients can successfully manage the disease with UVA therapy in combination with Oxsoralen-Ultra®.
An overview of Oxsoralen-Ultra®
(Methoxsalen Capsules, USP, 10mg)
Oxsoralen-Ultra® (Methoxsalen Capsules, USP, 10mg) is composed of methoxsalen, a naturally occurring photoactive substance found in the seeds of the Ammi majus plant and in the roots of Heracleum Candicans. It belongs to a group of compounds known as psoralens. Psoralens are usually taken orally. Oxsoralen-Ultra® comes in a liquid-filled soft gelatin capsule form.3,14