“Hisamitsu’s goal is to provide strong, safe, long-lasting pain relief through the use of topical medicines with a focus on patch technology,” says John Incledon, President & CEO, Hisamitsu America based in Florham Park, New Jersey. “We developed the Salonpas® Lidocaine 4% Pain Relieving Gel-Patch with maximum strength lidocaine allowable without a prescription.”
“As many prescription Lidoderm® users are discovering, insurance companies are becoming less likely to cover this 5% Lidocaine patch,” says Dr. Arnot. “This is because prescription Lidocaine was originally designed as an orphan drug for post herpetic neuralgia – the pain that can flare up after a bout of shingles. Therefore, the insurance companies will only reimburse for that narrow indication. However, for years doctors have been prescribing Lidocaine for other types of nerve pain. Therefore, patients have seen their prescription jump from a $20 copay to upwards of $240 for 30 patches. Salonpas® Lidocaine 4% Pain Relieving Gel Patch costs about $12.00 for a box of 6 patches, or about $60.00 for 30 patches. So for many, this product is a God-send that allows them to save considerable amounts of money. It’s kind of refreshing to hear of a pharmaceutical company looking to save you money, especially with all the bad press around prescription pricing that has happened recently.”
Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Co., Inc., founded in 1847, has specialized in topical drug delivery technology since 1903, introducing its Salonpas line of patches in 1934. Hisamitsu has pioneered the development of topical patches, gels, and sprays to relieve everyday aches and pains.
If you have recently had your prescription prices jump for a 5% patch, this could be a good option to help you save money and still get nearly the same amount of relief.