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  • Comfora - the new generic pentosan polysulfate!

    Introducing Comfora, A New Treatment For Interstitial Cystitis
    Pentosan Polysulfate Now Available In India & By Mail Order

    Swati Spentose Pvt. Ltd (India) has launched the first generic form of Pentosan Polysulfate. Known as COMFORA, it is now available for use throughout India and shortly by mail order globally. COMFORA is India's first affordable and effective treatment for the urological disorder Interstitial Cystitis (IC).

    Interstitial Cystitis is a chronic, inflammatory disorder of the urinary bladder and is characterized by variable degrees of bladder pain, urinary frequency and urgency (urinary incontinence). Millions of people, especially women, suffer from this long-term bladder condition which is also known as painful bladder syndrome. As a clinical entity in India, IC is not well defined, poorly understood, inadequately treated and is extraordinarily bothersome to the patient. Awareness about IC in India is still lacking leading to patients sometimes going their whole lives without a correct diagnosis and proper medication.

    The key ingredient of COMFORA is the molecule Pentosan Polysulfate sodium which is the first and only FDA-approved oral treatment for IC. It is a capsule taken orally, usually 3 times a day. Information about IC and details of the product were shared by Vishal Jajodia, CEO Swati Spentose Pvt. Ltd. and Dr. Nagendra Mishra, India's leading urologist and expert in the treatment of Interstitial Cystitis.

    Swati Spentose is committed to revolutionizing the treatment of this neglected disease and has spent the last 7 years developing COMFORA. All the core research and pre-clinical work has been done at the prestigious Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York thereby giving it unsurpassable scientific validation. SSPL also has on board a number of leading scientists and clinicians from around the globe. SSPL has also built a state of the art manufacturing facility in compliance with the latest guidelines laid down by the US Food & Drug Administration, Japanese Ministry of Health & Welfare and the European Agency for the evaluation of Medicinal Products.

    Vishal Jajodia said "We recognized the need for an effective treatment for Interstitial Cystitis in India and are delighted that after investing in 7 years of dedicated research, the hard work and capabilities of our staff and the global authorities on the subject working with us, has brought us to this stage. We received final approval from the DCGI in May 2010. SSPL is dedicated towards building a strong community platform to reach out and support patients suffering from Interstitial Cystitis, so we will take adequate measure to create awareness about the problem and treatment available among public and doctors."

    Dr. Nagendra Mishra, globally and nationally recognized authority on Interstitial Cystitis commented, "Interstitial Cystitis is a disorder that severely affects the day to day living of those suffering from it. It interferes with their sleep, work, social activities, and quality of life. With the introduction of Comfora into the market, my patients and people suffering from IC all over the country will greatly benefit. I extend my whole hearted support to Swati Spentose in their efforts to bring to India a revolutionary treatment for this poorly understood disease."

    Dr. Rajeev Sood, HOD at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospitaland PGIMER, New Delhi, commented "It's a boon for Indian IC patients that pentosan is now made available in India by Swati Spentose Pvt. Ltd. I can now prescribe Comfora to IC patients without any hesitation."

    This is a long awaited development for the interstitial cystitis community. Jill Osborne, President of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, offered "In this struggling economy, many patients cannot afford brand name medications. Having a much more affordable form of the same medication is indeed welcome news! We anxiously await its availability in the USA."

    COMFORA is currently available for use by patients throughout India. The company anticipates offering Comfora by mail order to patients throughout the world shortly.

    For additional information, please visit:
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  • #2
    I guess I get to cross another prayer off my list. God is good!
    Your Friend,

    Diagnosed: 10/16/09

    Elmiron, 100mg 2x per day
    Imipramine, 10 mg per day
    Diazepam 10 mg for sleep
    Zovia, birth control (ongoing-no periods)
    Hydrocodone, 2 pills a day (at any time of day)


    • #3
      This is awesome


      • #4
        Generic medication

        Thanks for the info. Do you have a different link? When I clicked on it it did not work.


        • #5
          I couldn't link to it either..


          • #6
            I couldn't link it either. I thought it was my computer...
            Minds are like parachutes-they ony function when they are open.
            -Thomas DeWar-

            ICN Newbie Volunteer

            *ICN Angel Volunteers are not medical authorities nor do we offer medical advice. In all cases, we strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.


            • #7
              The website is up and running again.


              • #8

                Sounds just like Elmiron...
                Minds are like parachutes-they ony function when they are open.
                -Thomas DeWar-

                ICN Newbie Volunteer

                *ICN Angel Volunteers are not medical authorities nor do we offer medical advice. In all cases, we strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.


                • #9
                  It is same as elmiron


                  • #10
                    More hope. Wonder how soon it will be available and how much it will cost?

                    Diagnosed IC March 2011
                    Vulvadynia,Pelvic floor dysfunction. Adhesive tissue repair, rectocele repair 8/11
                    Tried:Rescue Instillation "heparin,lidocaine cocktail" ( Happy Hour ) discontinued after 12
                    Physical therapy
                    Hydroxizine25mg @night
                    Amytriptolyne 20 [email protected]
                    Zolpidem 5mg @bed

                    Today: Nutritional Balancing Program. No longer on any medication. Diet& supplement specific.

                    "You have to laugh to keep from crying"
                    "long road,little wheel, it takes a lot of turns to get there..."


                    • #11
                      Janssen sent me an e-mail. Elmiron is back!!!


                      Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., would like to provide you with a product availability update for ELMIRON® (pentosan polysulfate sodium) 100-mg capsules. We have now resumed shipments of ELMIRON® to distributors and pharmacies.
                      For a limited time, prior participants are eligible for the EarlyAssist™ co-pay support program. Patients may pay no more than $5 per month for up to 4 months. Visit to register.
                      If you are currently taking ELMIRON®, you should check with local pharmacies and plan treatment accordingly with your healthcare professional.
                      Our priority is to reestablish supply as quickly as possible. We thank you for your patience and understanding.
                      What is ELMIRON® ?
                      ELMIRON® is a prescription medication used to treat the pain and discomfort of interstitial cystitis (IC). It is not known exactly how ELMIRON® works, but it is not a pain medication like aspirin or acetaminophen and therefore must be taken continuously for relief as prescribed by your doctor.
                      Important Safety Information

                      ELMIRON® should not be taken if you have a known hypersensitivity to the drug or similar drugs.
                      ELMIRON® is a weak blood thinner (anticoagulant) which may increase bleeding. Call your doctor if you will be undergoing surgery or if you are taking or will begin taking anticoagulant therapy such as warfarin sodium, heparin, high doses of aspirin, or anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen.
                      Tell your doctor:
                      If you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant.
                      If you have any liver problems.
                      The most common side effects are hair loss, diarrhea, nausea, blood in the stool, headache, rash, upset stomach, abnormal liver function tests, dizziness and bruising.
                      Hair loss, when it occurred, was almost always limited to a single area of the scalp.
                      Tell your doctor about any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088. Please click here for the full Product Information for ELMIRON®.
                      If you have any questions on ELMIRON®, please contact the Janssen Medical Information at 1-800-526-7736 or visit our website at
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