Sponsored Editorial: Medical breakthrough for the treatment of arthritis with Flexiseq
There is new hope for the more than three million osteoarthritis and joint pain sufferers in South Africa. Osteoarthritis is considered the world’s most prevalent joint disease. A scientific breakthrough which, by means of innovative nano technology, enables damaged joints to be adequately lubricated, giving pain relief and restoring joint mobility.
The effects of pioneering joint pain treatment Flexiseq gel were measured in six multicentre controlled clinical trials involving over 4 000 patients published in international peer review journals. In all trials, patients experienced reduced pain and improved joint mobility. In one large trial, Flexiseq was shown to be as effective as celecoxib, a best-selling osteoarthritis drug.
Flexiseq was awarded the Innovation Award 2013 by the Federal Association of German Pharmacists for Flexiseq’s breakthrough approach to treatment of osteoarthritis enabled by the science of Sequessome Technology.
The gel is applied twice daily and delivers noticeable pain relief within a few days.
Flexiseq’s proven efficacy comes with significant advantages over existing drug treatments, as the product has no contra-indications, contains no drugs so cannot cause drug-to-drug interactions and with over 7 million doses administered since launch there have been no reported systemic side effects. Current drug treatments can cause serious side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding, kidney failure, heart attack and stroke.
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Here’s what local and international experts and sporting personalities have to say about the product
Says Dr Jon Patricios, president of the South African Sports Medicine Association and director of Morningside Sports Medicine: “This is a most interesting new approach to treating joint pain. The physical mode of action and the lack of an active pharmaceutical ingredient make it safe and the clinical trials show efficacy. Flexiseq will be a useful treatment which can be used in conjunction with drugs or to help those patients who do not tolerate drug treatment or who are at risk of side effects. I have a number of patients currently trialling the product who have responded well which is most promising.”
Dr Cathy Spargo, a rheumatologist and chairperson of the South African Rheumatism Arthritis Association explains: “We are excited to have a new option to offer patients with chronic joint pain, such as osteoarthritis of the knee, to help manage their pain. Flexiseq is a natural lubricant (and not a drug in its own right) which can be applied directly to joints and which is safe to use without interactions with other drugs, or significant side effects.”
Ken Ralston, managing director of Sky Med, comments: “We are pleased to bring the world’s first clinically proven nano-physical product for pain relief to South Africa. Simply, Flexiseq’s nano-vesicles travel through the skin, accumulate on the damaged cartilage effectively lubricating the joints. The large scientific clinical trials have proven this drug-free treatment effective in relieving pain and safe.”
Commenting on Flexiseq, Neil Mackenzie, 38, respected local cricketer, ex-Protea currently playing for Highveld Lions, says, “Like many professional sportsmen, my sporting career has taken its toll on my body, in particular my one knee. I am keen to extend my career for another two years so need to manage bouts of joint pain. I was one of the first people in the country to trial Flexiseq and within a few days noticed a significant reduction in pain in my knee.”
Karl van Heerden, 70, a sportsman who works out seven days a week playing squash, golf, does Bikram yoga, goes to gym and has also just completed his 15th Argus, was also impressed with Flexiseq. “My body has taken a pounding due to my sporting pursuits which have been particularly rough on my knees. I was told by my doctor to have knee replacement surgery which I am strongly opposed to. Flexiseq is really working for me to keep my knees ‘well-greased’. There’s a noticeable reduction in creaking and I’m very grateful to be able to continue with my daily work outs.”
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In South Africa, Flexiseq is available without prescription from Dischem, independent pharmacies, as well as via the Arthritis Foundation’s website.
Flexiseq originates from German research and is available in Germany, Ireland, Austria, Malaysia, Singapore and the UK.