Scientists believe they’ve discovered an arthritis vaccine. The vaccine is said to treat “daily agony” pain bouts experienced by arthritis sufferers. They believe it may replace the need for painkillers, a sect of pharmaceutical medications that is now under heavy government scrutiny.
According to Daily Mail, Oxford University researchers say the vaccine blocks nerve growth factor, which is the cause of arthritic pain. Their studies, according to the researchers, found that the vaccine caused the immune system to work against NGF in mice. The United States has 30 million osteoarthritis sufferers. The condition has no cure. Xrays indicate that of people over 65, over half have some instance of arthritis.
Researchers claim that the vaccine “visibly reduced pain” in mice. The vaccine is named CuMVttNGF.
The vaccine would replace the highly-criticized painkiller prescriptions. For Pharma, a vaccine for arthritis is a hedged bet on intensifying opioid scrutiny.
Professor Vincent said: ‘Whilst there are still safety issues that need to be considered before these types of approaches can be used in patients, we are reassured that this vaccine design allows us to control antibody levels and thus tailor treatment to individual cases according to need’.
Again, there has been no human testing so far.