News From Dr. Vidt Concerning Colchicine Availability

URL Pharma was recently purchased by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, USA (2012). Takeda has chosen to continue the Patient Assistance Program (PAP) extended to the Chinese Shar-Pei owners for Colcrys® (colchicine). The new application form is on my web site Home Page ( and should be used from now on.

Applicants must provide a valid Colcrys® prescription from a licensed veterinarian and must attest that Colcrys® will be used only for their Shar-Pei dog. Applicants who qualify for the program will be able to select a 30-day supply (60 tablets), a 60-day supply (120 tablets) or a 90-day supply (180 tablets) of Colcrys®. It is important to note that Colcrys® is not FDA-approved for veterinary use and URL Pharma does not promote the use of Colcrys® in animals. The application is attached to this update in a .pdf format.

* Dr. Linda Tintle and Dr. Jeff Vidt maintain web sites full of information about the Chinese Shar-Pei. They can be found at and Dr. Vidt has a “Vets Only Section” of his web site. Vets can click on his link to find instructions on how to get into the area for vets only.