Dr Robert Blaine on topical solutions, onychomycosis and related foot problems
We asked Dr. Blaine for his insight about topical solutions, onychomycosis and related foot problems. Read on to find out why Blaine Labs, Inc. is so highly regarded within the medical community.
Prior to developing Tineacide, what was your experience with topical treatments?
As recently as 1995, the only products available in the marketplace were brush-on applications that rarely worked well.
Patients did not see results as fast as they would have liked and they had problems applying the brush-on liquids resulting in poor compliance. In my office at that time, we dispensed the only topical antifungal liquid available and often recommended a liver-toxic, oral antifungal to be taken for a full year.
What was your motivation for creating a product to treat onychomycosis?
My diabetic dad visited a second-opinion podiatrist in Northern California because he could no longer trim his “jungle rot”-thickened nails, as he termed his condition. He was immediately hospitalized with bilateral foot infections, fungal septicemia and diabetic ketoacidosis.
Both legs were amputated and he later died. Prior to his death, he was embarrassed by his thick, yellowing nails. He was not a candidate for oral antifungal agents and thus tried the liquid antifungal product dispensed by his long-term podiatrist.
Now I make sure to educate my patients and others across the country to take foot fungus seriously, especially in my diabetic patients over the age of 50.
How do you determine what products to develop and then market?
Product development begins with a clinical observation of a skin condition that does not respond well to the products currently available on the market.
The precise obstacles in treatment of the observed condition are identified and overcome. The solution can sometimes take years, and we don’t attempt to treat skin conditions beyond our capability, such as many skin cancers.
Beta-site testing is then carried out, followed by the new product being introduced to our panel of doctors—feedback from the various doctors often dictates any product modification. The product is then introduced to the medical community.
Blaine Labs has been successfully growing for ten years. Why?
I am still practicing podiatry and I am in constant contact with many physicians who are aware that, in some cases we can offer better solutions than those currently available. So I am connected to the world with which my company works.
Many company owners who have podiatric products do not have direct connection to physicians. We also guarantee all our products because we have conducted the clinical research to show they work. If I cannot state with confidence that a product we have developed will work, we do not sell it.
We sincerely strive to make the best products on the market. Superior products — priced correctly and offered with our company guarantee — sustain our success.