Why is Curaderm so expensive, or is it?

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Compared to over-the-counter medicines like Paracetamol, Curaderm will certainly seem expensive and isn’t an everyday purchase. But in the league table of expensive medications, it barely merits a mention. Curaderm costs typically about $10 per ML, when in comparison –

Zolgensma, a drug used in muscular atrophy, is the world’s most expensive pharmaceutical costing an eye watering $425,000 per ML, thank goodness one dose is considered curable!
Skysona, used for patients requiring excessively frequent blood transfusions is a relatively inexpensive $150,000 per ML and Zynteglo, a gene therapy drug weighs in at just £$140,000 per ML, a positive bargain.
Folotyn is a little closer to home as its used in the world of cancer treatments for patients with an aggressive form of non-Hogkins’s lymphoma. This costs a more reasonable $173,000 for a full course of treatment lasting months but as the quantities used are small, if our maths are correct, this equates to around $576,000 per ML. Making Curaderm seem like almost a bargain!
• At the other end of the spectrum, Sudafed, a decongestant made famous by its more creative uses in the drug series Breaking Bad, comes in at a very reasonable £0.05 per ML and yet doesn’t it seem expensive when you buy a small bottle for the winter?
• And liquid Paracetamol is a bargain basement £0.04 per ML, and this is more expensive comparison as a liquid meant for the kids, big tablets are even cheaper.

So perhaps we need to rephrase the question and ask why is Curaderm a moderately priced medication even if it’s not exactly cheap at around $200 for a 20ML tube?

• Firstly, unlike expensive products produced by large pharmaceutical manufacturers that want to make very specific health claims about their products and have them available everywhere (and hence need to spend many tens of $millions on FDA testing etc) Curaderm is in essence a natural remedy so it doesn’t carry all this expensive cost, despite being innovative and considered to be the world’s first anti-cancer skin cream but it still took years to develop and that costs money.
Source: https://antiaging-nutrition.com/ingredient/bec5
• The active ingredient in Curaderm, salosodine glycoalkaloids, has been abbreviated to be called BEC5. This can be found in eggplants, otherwise known as aubergines. But to extract this ingredient without spoiling it (and enabling it to have up to a five-year shelf life when stored correctly) takes careful harvesting and processing. This is undertaken by Curaderm in a patented process developed by Dr Bill Cham 40 years ago and it’s been safely used ever since.
• The active ingredients then need to be carefully blended with a carrier that enables absorption by the body, and in the case of Curaderm, an exfoliant to carry away dead skin cells as they are sought out – the product contains a mix of the exfoliants salicylic acid and urea.
• Finally, it’s not a cheap process making the world aware of the benefits of a product like Curaderm when you can’t simply shout it from the rooftops and via doctors like the big pharmaceutical companies do. This also makes distribution costs expensive too.

Hopefully then that makes some sense as to what you are investing in when you try Curaderm cream – in essence, its 40 years of experience and a lot of innovation plus careful manufacture.

Compared to the costs of alternative remedies that are typically recommended, such as invasive surgery followed by skin grafts, plus of course, all the ancillary costs incurred afterwards such as follow-up nursing, carer visits, taxicabs if you can drive, it all works out a lot more expensive and a lot more hassle.

So whilst you are on the waiting list to see a doctor or specialist we think it makes very good economic sense to consider products like Curaderm which could just turn out to be one of your best bargains ever.

NB. Curaderm-BEC5 is clinically proven for all types of Non-Melanoma skin cancer only. This includes Actinic Keratosis (AK), Keratoacanthoma (KA), Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)