I just wanted to tell everyone here I’m sorry for being so negative about Swisstemple’s reporting on Setipiprant. Maybe I overreacted and was too harsh on the guy.
When Dr. Cotsarelis first came out with his paper on PGD2 and PGD2 Synthase expression, if you remember, I was very excited about the idea. In fact, that was the last “pharmaceutical” answer (as opposed to a fully cell-based answer) I was enthusiastic about.
Since I saw nothing happen with PGD2 for at least 2 years, I had just assumed that it was dead in the water, and nothing would come out of it.
One thing I think is interesting, which people are actually overlooking, is that Seti is not being used as a topical here, but as a pill taken systemically. I find this very interesting because it seems to me that the best way, by far, to deliver a prostaglandin antagonist would be to target it directly at the skin, not to take it orally. I have many reasons for this, and a while back I explained my thinking on this on another site (I rarely visit hair loss sites other than HairSite, but some people had convinced me to join that one). I actually got a good amount of responses from that post, and if I can find it, I’ll try to repost it here.
Swisstemple relates that one of the online vendors (Kane, I think) said that without some kind of buffer, the Setipiprant that he would be selling would be largely destroyed by gastric acids when swallowed, so little of the drug would actually reach the peripheral tissues like the scalp. Thus its efficacy would be greatly reduced. (Presumably, the pharma company developing Seti as a hair loss treatment have figured out a way to fix this problem by adding a buffer or something).
Problem is, when Swisstemple reported this, he said that he simply dismissed the statement by Kane, and that Kane went ahead and sold the product anyway, without ever mentioning the stomach acid issue again. So, looks like Kane went for the money, and the buyers conveniently decided to ignore the issue or just deny it in hopes that it wouldn’t matter.
I find it a bit ironic, then, that Swisstemple has on the navigation bar of his blog, a header titled “On Sc@mmers”. Nothing is on that link yet, but presumably he’s planning to put up a page exposing sc@mmers.
But here we have a vendor (Kane) who blatantly admitted a problem with stomach acid, and then after his buyers ignored what he said or dismissed it, he went ahead and sold the product to them anyway.
Does this count as a sc@m? A near-sc@m? A self-inflicted sc@m?
And how much has this stomach absorption issue impacted the actual results we’ve seen from Swisstemple?
And, if this was “group buy”, where the heck are the photo results from the other people in the group? Did they not get good results? Or maybe they’ve all grown all of their hair back, and no longer have an interest in posting?
Like I said, there are many more questions than answers. But it’s great that Swiss has tried, and I’m not saying he got no results. His pics definitely show results.
Is it as good as Kevin Nguyen’s results from using Rogaine and a few other things – and remember Kevin tried a lot of things before getting the tremendous results he did.
Answer: Swiss’ results don’t even compare to Kevin’s, and shame on you if you want to imply they do compare.
Just sayin’… A LOT more questions than answers, at this point.