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Thu Jul 11 18:25:53 EDT 2002
Pubdate: Fri, 5 Jul 2002
Source: Wall Street Journal (US)
Copyright: 2002 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Contact: wsj.ltrs at wsj.com
Author: Gautam Naik, Staff Reporter Of The Wall Street Journal
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DRUG MAKERS TEST VACCINES AND DRUGS TO HALT ADDICTION
Recently, about 50 smokers in Belgium were injected with an unusual drug
code-named TA-NIC. After taking as many as five doses over 10 weeks, two
smokers quit. Several others reported a lower desire to smoke, according to
Xenova PLC, the drug's British maker.
The experimental drug is one of the first attempts to design an antismoking
vaccine. By producing antibodies in the user's blood, it prevents nicotine
molecules from entering the brain and triggering a "high." Denied such
pleasure, a smoker theoretically has less incentive to light up.
Vaccines are just one of several new approaches to fighting the escalating
problem of addiction. About 1.2 million people in Western Europe and 3.2
million Americans are hooked on hard drugs such as heroin, cocaine and
speed, according to the United Nations. Millions more are dependent on
tobacco and alcohol.
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