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PS-98 Doesn't Work
from Ruth B.

Dear Ed: I can now confirm that, having tested PS-98, it does absolutely nothing to alleviate P.

All that I have discovered is that is was previously a cream that contained a very strong steroid that made P better. The makers of the cream have now re-marketed it without the steroid ingredient and left an awful lot of people very unhappy. But as you and I know, steroid treatments are only short lived and can have terrible side effects if not properly administered. From what I can gather, this is another variation on Skin Cap; it gives all of us P sufferers a false hope. As far as I am concerned, the product that is now being marketed [in the UK] as PS-98 does not help a flaker. I would like you to pass this on to anyone else who is contemplating using it. Once again thank you for the service that you offer all of us through your web site. -Ruth B., London


Ed's Response: Thanks for the alert, Ruth. NOTE: Look under "Psorigon" in the Archives for a number of exchanges about PS-98 and its predecessor-formula. It just disgusts me to no end that this kind of thing—a repetition of our Skin Cap debacle in the U.S.—can go on elsewhere. The insidious manufacturer of this stuff is laughing all the way to the bank. First they introduce their formulation without disclosing the potent steroid that appears to make it a "miracle-working" OTC psoriasis product. Word gets around and they cash in big. Then, when the cat's out of the bag about a hidden ingredient that should not even be IN an over-the-counter product, they release a formulation without the steroid (in this case renaming it, too) and steer people towards it. Before people find out it's worthless, the manufacturer banks another bundle of money. Then, when they are fully revealed and sales plummet, they evidently go off to another country and start the process all over again.

But we need to be reminded of something at this point. Psoriatics don't suffer equally; one flaker's hysterically inadequate therapy may be another flaker's "cure." There are lots of mild flakers who might find OTC remedies adequate. PS-98 might help them. In these cases my only caution is directed at the price. There is usually more than one version of any OTC remedy; often the same active ingredient is provided in different delivery mechanisms and formulations. Don't add insult to injury by paying much too high a price for something that's available more affordably.

Good luck, Ruth. Let us know what works for you. -Ed

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