Home | Community | Message Board


Kratom Eye
Please support our sponsors.

Feedback and Administration >> Shroomery News Service

Welcome to the Shroomery Message Board! You are experiencing a small sample of what the site has to offer. Please login or register to post messages and view our exclusive members-only content. You'll gain access to additional forums, file attachments, board customizations, encrypted private messages, and much more!

North Spore Shop: Injection Grain Bag

Jump to first unread post. Pages: 1
InvisibleveggieM

Registered: 07/26/04
Posts: 14,165
Loc: Flag
Injectable alcoholism drug wins FDA approval
    #5514034 - 04/14/06 12:11 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Injectable alcoholism drug wins FDA approval
April 13, 2006 - msnbc.com

WASHINGTON - A once-a-month injection to treat alcoholism won federal approval Thursday, expanding availability of a drug previously sold only in daily pill form.

The Food and Drug Administration approved Vivitrol, spokeswoman Laura Alvey said. Cambridge, Mass.-based Alkermes Inc. will make the injectable form of the drug, also known as naltrexone. Cephalon Inc., of Frazer, Pa., will market and sell it.

The companies hope monthly injections of the drug, to be administered at a doctor?s office, will prove an easier regimen for alcoholics to follow than the daily pill. The drug is to be used in conjunction with counseling or group therapy, the companies said.

?Daily adherence to a medication is challenging for most people, and even more challenging for people with alcoholism,? said Richard Pops, Alkermes? chief executive officer.

Reduced cravings

The drug works by blocking neurotransmitters in the brain believed to be associated with alcohol dependence, diminishing the craving for alcohol.

Pops said the drug?s price wouldn?t be decided until its U.S. launch in late June. He didn?t offer sales predictions and said initial marketing would not include direct-to-consumer advertising.

Naltrexone initially won FDA approval for treating alcoholism in 1994. It first was sold to treat narcotic dependency. Other drugs to treat alcoholism include Antabuse, which has been sold since 1948.

The market for Antabuse and naltrexone has been limited, with annual sales in the low tens of millions of dollars.

Vivitrol will carry the strongest warning prescription drugs can bear. The black-box warning will caution patients that the drug can cause liver damage, said Dr. Elliot Ehrich, Alkermes? vice president. The pill form of the drug bears a similar warning, which says liver damage was observed at higher-than-recommended doses.

Frank Baldino, chairman and chief executive officer of Cephalon, said 2.2 million Americans are seeking treatment for alcoholism, among the 9 million who are alcohol-dependent.


Post Extras: Filter  Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
Jump to top. Pages: 1

North Spore Shop: Injection Grain Bag

Feedback and Administration >> Shroomery News Service

Similar ThreadsPosterViewsRepliesLast post
* FDA-APPROVED PSILOCYBIN RESEARCH 3DSHROOM 12,960 16 09/11/02 03:30 AM
by Jammer
* Are psychedelic drugs good for you? motamanM 5,621 6 12/03/03 06:44 AM
by sirreal
* FDA has approved Clinical Trial of Mushrooms! ClusterHead 2,147 5 03/09/04 03:30 PM
by Phred
* Drug Abuse ? By Prescription AnnoA 1,429 0 03/13/04 02:43 AM
by Anno
* Congress Debates Drug War Ads motamanM 2,439 5 05/20/03 06:52 PM
by Baby_Hitler
* WARNING TO DRUG USERS AFTER ECSTASY 'DEATH LINK' motamanM 3,305 2 05/17/03 04:19 PM
by JssMthrFcknChrst
* FDA Clears 2 Generic Forms of OxyContin SeussA 1,404 1 03/24/04 01:39 PM
by AuroricDistortions
* Americans turn to Canada for 'illegal' drugs motamanM 1,845 2 12/27/03 01:55 AM
by DailyPot

Extra information
You cannot start new topics / You cannot reply to topics
HTML is disabled / BBCode is enabled
Moderator: motaman, veggie, karode13, Alan Rockefeller, naum, Mostly_Harmless
919 topic views. 1 members, 8 guests and 15 web crawlers are browsing this forum.
[ Print Topic ]
Search this thread:
Mycohaus
Please support our sponsors.

Copyright 1997-2021 Mind Media. Some rights reserved.

Generated in 0.021 seconds spending 0.003 seconds on 12 queries.