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Potential New Pain Killer Developed

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March 18, 2007
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University of Leicester
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A potential new pain-killing drug that avoids many side effects of other strong pain killing drugs has been developed by medical scientists at the University of Leicester and Ferrara in Italy.

A potential new pain-killing drug that avoids many side effects of other strong pain killing drugs has been developed by medical scientists at the University of Leicester and Ferrara in Italy.

Professor David Lambert, who has been involved in the development the drug in collaboration with Dr Girolamo Calo in Ferrara Italy, believes the new drug -- called UFP-101 - avoids many of the side effects of morphine, currently the 'gold standard' in pain reduction.

He said: "In a 2005 survey for the British Pain Society 975 people were questioned about pain. Twenty one percent experienced pain every day or most days equating to ~10million across the whole UK.

"Morphine produces its clinical effects by interaction with opioid receptors. In addition to acting as a pain killer this drug produces a number of unwanted side effects of importance from a clinical (e.g., depression of breathing, constipation and tolerance) and social (addiction) viewpoints.

"Clearly there is a place for new morphine like drugs without these side effects and the University of Leicester Anaesthesia Division has been at the forefront of such preclinical research."

Since appointment in 1991 as a lecturer Professor Lambert has been working on opioids and opioid receptors with particular emphasis on understanding receptor function and the design and evaluation of new drugs to target these receptors.

In collaboration with Dr Girolamo Calo his laboratory has characterised a prototype analgesic (pain killer), acting at a new opioid receptor, with a much reduced side effect profile.


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