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Hello, all.
I know everyone is eager to get to the bottom of The Alicia Saga.

Following the response I received from Mr. Alves of Goldwin Medicare Ltd., I was contacted by Samantha Backman.

Apparently, previous communication thought to be from Ms. Backman was actually from a volunteer with good intentions using Ms. Backman's name.
Unfortunately, she (the volunteer) shared some sensitive and inaccurate information with us.

I will try to set the record straight according to the information Ms. Backman has provided me.

The Alicia cup was sold in Australia and New Zealand via their website for about 6 months. Approximately 4,000 units were sold and the testimonials are from real users. The company decided they didn't want to compete at a retail level and established a relationship with LifeCell.
It seems the website was left up by mistake.

There are no immediate plans for The Alicia to be sold at a retail level in India or anywhere else.
At this time, LifeCell has rights to The Alicia for stem cell collection.

Ms. Backman says that she hopes the women who use it for stem cell collection will feel comfortable using it as a menstrual cup.

The information regarding Mr. Alves connection with The Alicia was also incorrect.
While his company is involved in the manufacture of other products being developed by the Alicia group, Goldwin Medicare Ltd. was not involved in the production of The Alicia menstrual cup.

I'm sure we can all understand his utter dismay at receiving my email...

The information regarding the Government of India's plan to subsidize and distribute 800 million Alicia cups was also inaccurate, at best.
The Indian government has no intention to purchase or distribute The Alicia menstrual cup.
There are other products/medical devices under development that Ms. Backman and her company hope will prove beneficial to the people of India. While she shared some information with me, she is unable to discuss it publicly (and asked me to keep the information private as well) because things are still in the R&D phase.

Ms. Backman says she was a menstrual cup user for many years - until she hit menopause. She says her daughters as well as her female staff members use The Alicia.

So there you have it. Mystery solved.

I have integrated the answers from Samantha B. into my original post regarding contact with Mr. Alves and I have added the email to Mr. Abhaya with answers highlighted, as well.  (see this post)

*Edit 2 - 4/23/09*
I'm releasing this to public viewing w/Ms. Backman's approval.

Gloria Patchgloriapatch on April 22nd, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
I guesses as much, that that letter wasn't written by the real Samantha Backman. It would be mighty hard to fake a TV show like hers, and she spoke perfectly clear, accurate Australian English. No way was English not her first language.
Obsidianpurple_obsidian on April 23rd, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
"accurate Australian English"

I hope you're not insinuating that Australian English is somehow deficient? what's wrong with just saying she spoke in clear English?
jezzie_d on April 23rd, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
Lol sorry I had to laugh at that! I teach children and so many, when asked what they speak, will say "Australian" rather than English. "Australian English" is a new one hehe
neurotic_orchidneurotic_orchid on April 23rd, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
I think she was just indicating dialect. Canadian English is slightly different from American English, both are different from British English, etc...
Gloria Patchgloriapatch on April 25th, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, exactly. That's all I meant. I could not hear any other accent in her spoken English, which happens to be Australian.
mercy rain: postmercy_rain on April 23rd, 2009 12:05 pm (UTC)

Australian English, British English, American English, Canadian English...these are all slightly different. How on earth is specifying which flavor of these the lady spoke an insinuation that it is inferior? Touchy, touchy.
nickelshoenickelshoe on April 24th, 2009 05:24 am (UTC)
I teach English, and I had to explain to a student that while his paper appeared on the face to be correct Australian English, I could only grade American English, seeing as we were at an American university and I wasn't trained in Australian English.
Gloria Patchgloriapatch on April 25th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
No, not at all! I just meant her Aussie accent was unaffected by any traces of another language. I didn't mean anything by it, honest.