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Postherpetic neuralgia

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By Faye Kehler Family Physician and GP Anesthetist since 1987 interested in all aspects of Medicine
Andrew S C Rice, Robert H Dworkin, Tom D McCarthy, Praveen Anand, Chas Bountra, Philip I McCloud, Julie Hill, Gary Cutter, Geoff Kitson, Nuket Desem, Milton Raff
BACKGROUND: Existing treatments for postherpetic neuralgia, and for neuropathic pain in general, are limited by modest efficacy and unfavourable side-effects. The angiotensin II type 2 receptor (AT2R) is a new target for neuropathic pain. EMA401, a highly selective AT2R antagonist, is under development as a novel neuropathic pain therapeutic agent. We assessed the therapeutic potential of EMA401 in patients with postherpetic neuralgia. METHODS: In this multicentre, placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomised, phase 2 clinical trial, we enrolled patients (aged 22-89 years) with postherpetic neuralgia of at least 6 months' duration from 29 centres across six countries...
May 10, 2014: Lancet
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