Sea snail provides analgesia

Prialt (ziconotide) is a synthetic analogue of a naturally occurring peptide found in the venom of the sea snail Conus magnus that has been licensed for the treatment of severe, chronic pain.

Administered intrathecally as a continuous infusion via an intrathecal catheter using preferably an internally implanted mechanical infusion pump, Prialt may be used for those patients whose chronic pain is no longer controlled by opioids or who cannot tolerate opioids.

Further information: Eisai Ltd, Hammersmith International Centre, 3 Shortlands, London W6 8EE. Tel: (020) 8600 1400.

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