Injectable alcoholism drug developed

Jun 13, 2006

A U.S. biotech firm has reportedly developed a monthly injectable alcoholism treatment as a substitute for a daily pill.

The drug -- being marketed by Cephalon Inc., in Frazer, Pa. -- was developed by Alkermes Inc. of Cambridge, Mass., as an extended-release injection form of naltrexone.

The new drug, Vivitrol, works by blocking neurotransmitters believed to be associated with alcohol dependence, diminishing the craving for alcohol, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday.

Vivitrol has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use by adults able to abstain from drinking alcohol in an outpatient setting, and who are not actively drinking when they begin treatment.

The monthly intramuscular shot will cost $695, with Alkermes and Cephalon sharing profits from Vivitrol sales, as well as developing future commercial uses, possibly to treat other addictions.

Researchers told the Inquirer Vivitrol will be administered only by healthcare personnel in offices, hospitals, and clinics, and the treatment will include counseling.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Oil-swishing craze: Snake oil or all-purpose remedy?

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Longer-lasting options to treat drug addiction

Oct 18, 2010

(AP) -- New treatments for addiction to heroin or narcotic painkillers promise longer-lasting relief that may remove some day-to-day uncertainty of care: A once-a-month shot is now approved and a six-month implant is in ...

Recommended for you

Suddenly health insurance is not for sale

50 minutes ago

(HealthDay)— Darlene Tucker, an independent insurance broker in Scotts Hill, Tenn., says health insurers in her area aren't selling policies year-round anymore.

Study: Half of jailed NYC youths have brain injury (Update)

52 minutes ago

About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City's jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that's the latest in a growing body ...

Religious music brings benefit to seniors' mental health

1 hour ago

A new article published online in The Gerontologist reports that among older Christians, listening to religious music is associated with a decrease in anxiety about death and increases in life satisfaction, self-e ...

User comments : 0

More news stories