Mash on Ibogaine in the Wall Street Journal
dana at cures-not-wars.org
Tue Jul 16 11:07:11 EDT 2002
>Dana? What are you talking about, what article, what
>does it say?
The Ibogaine part is at the end of the article--
Pubdate: Mon, 15 Jul 2002
Source: Wall Street Journal (US)
Copyright: 2002 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Contact: wsj.ltrs at wsj.com
Author: Gautam Naik
AN ARRAY OF NEW DRUGS SHOWS PROMISE IN FIGHTING ADDICTIONS
Could people be inoculated against drug addictions the way they can against
some infectious diseases?
It may be possible. Despite disappointing past efforts to treat addictions
with medicine, recent research indicates the approach has merit. In one
study, about 50 smokers in Belgium were injected with an unusual drug ,
code-named TA-NIC. After taking as many as five doses in 10 weeks, two of
the study's subjects quit smoking. Several others reported less desire to
smoke, says 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 again.
Vaccines are just one of several new medical approaches to fight the
escalating problem of addiction.
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