An Injectable Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Drug?

Researchers are working on a medication that can be injected immediately after an accident to limit or prevent spinal cord injury damage.

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What You Need To Know:

  • The project was started in 2011
  • The medication could stop inflammation and limit spinal injury by up to 50 percent
  • The injection could be carried by EMTs as well as specialized responders
  • Clinical trials are difficult to carry out because of the traumatic nature of the injuries

Key Quotes:

“Previously we were delivering [the medication] to the cord…now we know that we can deliver it into the bloodstream and still see the same effects.”

“It would be no different than delivering any other kind of drug [via injection].”

–Dr. Simon O’Carroll, researcher at the University of Auckland

 Read the article at Radio New Zealand

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