Hi folks, Read recently in Pain Journal of this NHS approved medication, has anyone had it/them yet?? It is a 'patch' that has to be applied by a 'medical practitioner' due to its potency and has a effifacy of 3 months before needing replacement. A patient can 'wear' up to 4 patches to affected area. The cost to the NHS for these is considerable so I don't suppose they will be readily available. I am certainly mentioning them in my forthcoming consultation, although, I recall some years ago trying a 'Capsaisin patch' for 3/4 days use which frankly, very near burnt the skin off me and copious cold showers were required to cool its effect. Given this reaction, these longer lasting patches may not be suitable for me - but if you don't ask!
Quote from NICE guidelines:
Qutenza® patches cost £252 per 280 cm2 patch. Mean treatment areas in clinical
studies suggest that two patches per patient would be required. In addition,
administration costs will be substantial, incurring a tariff cost of £229. Total cost of
treatment is estimated at about £735 per application or £3,000 per annum based on
minimum treatment intervals.
Will this be yet another 'stab in the dark' at finding the majic nectar to ease my unrelenting pain I wonder? If not me, It may prove useful information for someone - good hunting!