Saturday, 21 December 2019

A Ledderhose Webinar coming up!

Our New Years present to you:

We have started planning our Ledderhose Webinar! 100 attendees possible, you need to register via the link below. It will be Sunday 26th January 2020, at 4pm GMT. Speakers are listed below. Attendees from anywhere are welcome to attend, no restrictions.

Gary Manley - introduction, personal story, patients view, Ledderhose Blog

Dr Markus Maiden-Tilsen - GP perspective, ultrasound diagnosis and steroid injection?

Mr George Flanaghan - NHS and private options in the UK?

Dr Richard Shaffer-Radiotherapy when and what age/patient? Side effects, results?

Dr Eddie Davis- treatment options in the US including Verapamil and Hyaluronidase?


You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Jan 26, 2020 04:00 PM London (= 16.00 hours GMT)

Topic: Ledderhose Disease

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Monday, 4 November 2019

Xiapex to be discontinued

Well the news is official. Endo has already discontinued Xiapex in Australia and Asia, and plans to do the same to Europe by the end of 2019. The reason? They won't say. We suspect the higher prices in the US and the pending license for cellulite play a role. Even if they proclaim to be an ethical company, they want more return for their shareholders and bonusses for their CEO's. At the cost of depriving patients, and denying them a treatment that may help keep their hands mobile, straighten their penis, keep their life normal.
This is the letter Endo and Sobi published, but keep in mind Sobi wanted to keep supplying and Endo made the decision one sided.

Healthcare Professional Information regarding de-registration of XIAPEX® 

Dear Healthcare Professional

This letter is to inform you that Sobi will discontinue the commercialisation of XIAPEX by the end of 2019.

XIAPEX is a product owned by Endo Ventures Limited (‘Endo’). Currently, XIAPEX is commercialised in the EU and other European and Middle Eastern countries by Sobi. Endo and Sobi have agreed to terminate the cooperation agreement for Xiapex effective December 31, 2019. The decision to withdraw is not based on safety or efficacy concerns.

Endo and Sobi are committed to managing the de-registration of Xiapex from the Sobi territories in an ethical and transparent manner and Sobi will process the withdrawal of the EU Marketing Authorisation, which will be effective from 1 March, 2020.

Please be assured that the wellbeing of patients during the discontinuation process is of paramount importance to Sobi and we are committed to the safety and comfort of all patients during the process of transition to other therapies. We want to emphasize that, subject to product availability from our supplier, Sobi is committed to providing XIAPEX up until the end of 2019.

We would like to thank you for your interest in XIAPEX over the years and deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause you.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at your convenience. 

After de-registration, all enquiries, questions or requests for Named Patient Use of Xiapex must be referred directly to Endo. Contact

Yours Sincerely,
Carolyne Dyson
Business Unit Director

And this is the letter I send to Endo:

It has come to my attention that Endo Pharmaceuticals is planning to withdraw Collagenase Clostridium Histolyticum (CCH) injection from the whole of the European market. I sincerely hope I have been misinformed, but would like to express our Societies view on this to make you aware of how we feel about this possible development.

CCH is an important addition to the limited treatment options for Dupuytren's Contracture. The only alternative treatment would be a type of surgical procedure, and not every patient, not every hand or finger is suitable for that. For some patients CCH is their main or indeed only hope of regaining and keeping hand function. Similarly for Peyronie's patients CCH is an important additional treatment option, one that allows non surgical treatment and regaining normal function and appearance of their penis.

We as a charity have spent a lot of time and effort fighting to get CCH accepted by NICE as a treatment for Dupuytren's Contracture, so it is now used by the NHS under the right circumstances. It has been an enormous joint effort of Sobi UK, Auxilium, The British Dupuytren's Society for the patients, the British Society for Surgery of the Hand and the British Association of Hand Therapists for the health care providers to reach an acceptance by NICE.
By withdrawing CCH from the UK (and indeed EU) market you are making a mockery of all the arguments we used to explain why the drug is needed and is a revolutionary treatment for patients.

There are several trials ongoing or about to start, at least two in the UK, to evaluate the effects directly and long term of CCH compared to some of the surgical options available. These trials have a lot of money and manpower put into them already, and if they can not proceed that will be wasted, careers of the researchers may be damaged and awarding bodies may be reluctant to back similar trials in the future. Important questions will not be answered about the effects of CCH compared to more traditional surgical treatments.

Withdrawing CCH would leave patients in limbo; there will be Peyronie's patients who are somewhere in the cycle of injections where the treatment can't be finished, and both Dupuytren and Peyronie's patients who have agreed with their physicians that CCH is the best option for them, who will be denied that treatment.

Withdrawing CCH for what may well be profit reasons is reinforcing "Big Pharma's" bad name. Endo Pharmaceuticals has a code of conduct for their employees, that states "Endo is committed to conducting business in an ethical and compliant manner". How can it be ethical to withhold treatment from a large population group, and the group that statistically tends to be the worst affected with the disease the treatment was developed for? You would be turning your back on exactly those patients your treatment is supposed to help.

Endo is supposed to have a commitment to patients and communities, to "provide better access to care for patients". This decision would achieve the opposite of what you aim to achieve according to your Code of Conduct.

Your president Mr Patrick Berry said in his speech in 2017 : "Endo is committed to delivering quality medicines to patients in need". If Endo is withdrawing CCH from the European market in order to have more of the drugs accessible for cellulite treatment (at a higher price), you would be doing the exact opposite of what your president wants. Cellulite is not a disabling condition and does not impact on basic daily activities, whereas Dupuytren's and Peyronie's are disfiguring and impede normal functioning of the affected body part, leaving the patient disabled. Surely patients needs should come before profits in a health care company that professes to have an ethical stance.

A S Schurer, for the British Dupuytren's Society

What more can we do? I emailed Endo (ok, to all 10 different email addresses I found online), emailed all news papers that published articles on Xiapex in the last few years that I could find.
I think patients should let Endo know what they think. Email them!! The more comments they get the better. We need to show them that Dupuytren's and Peyronie's patients stand united in the fight for better treatments and eventually hopefully a cure.

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Xiapex bad news

Dear folks

We have some potentially really bad news. It would seem Endo Pharma, the company that produces and sells Collagenase clostridium histolyticum (=Xiapex), is planning to stop all exports to Europe.
This would mean no more Xiapex available for Dupuytren's or Peyronie's anywhere in Europe.
Sobi, the company who distributes the product in Europe are not very happy about this, and of course neither are we!
I am waiting to have confirmation in writing but have been told verbally that this is indeed happening, though we don't know the timescale.
There are so many things wrong with this scenario - it is not a matter of product efficacy or safety. More likely that Endo wants to concentrate on the (more lucrative) US market only (not sure about Asia or Canada, but the distributor in Japan has filed an injunction to try force Endo to keep supplies coming, so I suspect Asia is affected by the decision as well.)
What can we do? I am not sure. But I am planning to send an email to every Endo email address I can find online, telling them what I think of their decision.
Meanwhile- what? Hand surgeons and urologists don't know what is going to happen either, and stockpiling is not possible if we can't get a larger than normal supply in.
More as soon as I hear it, and anyone who wants to see the letter I wrote (not send yet) or the email addresses I found, ask me-
May be a few days before I answer as I hope to get an email address from an Endo employee who can actually fight on our behalf. But if not, I think maybe we should just bombard them with emails telling them what we think.

As soon as I hear more, I will let you know!

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Peyronie's patient on tv?

We have been asked if any of our members would be willing to help. I appreciate this is a very private condition, so please consider it carefully. Raising awareness is always a good thing, but it may not be easy for anyone affected to be examined on national television, and most Peyronie's patients tend to be older than the required age range. Still I hope someone is brave enough to step forward.
This is the request we got:

The Garden Productions (makers of ’24 Hours in A&E’) are making a new BBC programme that is looking for people based in the UK aged 18-30 who have a health question that’s playing on their mind. We know having someone examine your penis is sometimes an awkward encounter, and as part of this programme we want to feature people with Peyronie's who haven’t had it checked out by a doctor. 

We are working with a brilliant, friendly fully qualified doctor who wants to make medical advice clearer and more accessible. We hope by discussing Peyronie's on our show we will help raise aware and encourage more people to seek diagnosis and treatment if they wish to do so. 

If you are interested in being involved, please apply here:

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

A cure for Dupuytren's- webinar now online

Our research webinar is now online! Watch it on YouTube, or better still subscribe to our BDS YouTube channel and have links to all three webinars available.

Monday, 12 August 2019

A cure for Dupuytren's- when and how?

Great news! We have started planning a research webinar, titled "A cure for Dupuytren's- how and when?"
It will take place on wednesday 28th August 2019, starting 8pm GMT and lasting about an hour we hope.

Confirmed speakers are:

Prof Dominic Furniss DM MA MBBCh FRCS(Plast) (who does research in Oxford on genetics of Dupuytren's, amongst other things) Prof Jagdeep Nanchahal BSc PhD MBBS FRCS(Plast) (the brains of the RIDD trial), Prof Duncan Angus McGrouther FRCS FRCS(Glas) FRCS(Ed) FMedSci (who used to work in Manchester and has done a lot of research there) and Drs Elizabeth Laird DipStat(Open), BSc, PGCertHE, PhD, FHEA and Emma Beamish (Drs Laird and Beamish work in Liverpool and research how to affect the extra cellular matrix to subdue our nodule forming cells).

We will be using Zoom again, so you need to register in advance, then on the day click on the link you were send after registering about 10-15 minutes in advance so you have time to download the viewer onto your device if you don't have it yet. Simples!


The link to register is here:

I hope many of you will attend, you can just watch and listen, ask questions, or ask questions afterwards and I can forward them.. an opportunity to find out what scientists are working on for us and for future generations!

Hope to see your name on the list.

Anna Schurer (anna@du[

Friday, 24 May 2019

PNF webinar

The PNF webinar was a success, we had an international forum of very experienced doctors explaining the procedure. I hope you all managed to watch it, but if not, here is the link to the webinar on YouTube:
So now on to the next idea, the doctors thought maybe a webinar on 'the future of Dupuytren's disease' with recent research explained? I am not sure that will fit in an hour!
If anyone has an idea what they would like to see covered, let me know. Ledderhose, Peyronie's and radiotherapy are still on the list, as webinar or in lecture form.
Special thanks to our international speakers Dr Gary Pess and Prof Steven Hovius. Our doctors are the best!