FDA Nixes Ibuprofen Creams

A little dab of painkilling ibuprofen will not do you.

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That better not have any ibuprofen in it.


We've didn't even know you could rub the medicine on a sore spot, but evidently a bunch of companies have been making mixtures of ibuprofen and other ingredients for use on the skin.

Only problem is the Food and Drug Administration never said that was OK. So the agency warned eight companies they're out of line for selling the topical ibuprofen and told them to stop.

One of the companies, Wonder Laboratories (really), got dinged for selling IBU-RELIEF12, a cream containing ibuprofen, Arnica montana (or wolf's bane), and methyl salicylate, the smelly wintergreen stuff in Bengay.

We called Wonder Labs, and the nice gentleman who answered the phone told us the company removed IBU-RELIEF 12 from its catalog and is "fully cooperating" with the FDA.

Separately, there may be a place for unconventional pain relief—Fido's mouth. We learned from BNET Pharma blogger Jim Edwards that Abbott Laboratories is working on a painkilling spray for dogs.

The spray isn't just for toothaches but instead passes through the skin in the mouth to the bloodstream. As long as it works, and clinical tests are underway, the spray sounds like a welcome change for our dog from pills or squirts of liquid medicine.

No word yet on whether it will be available in liver flavor. That would be the clincher.



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