Bringing the Gift of Christmas Hope to CRPS Patients

For anyone living with severe chronic pain from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), the best possible gift they could receive—short of a cure—would be a good treatment.

To date, however, researchers have been unable to create a medication specifically indicated for CRPS. But thanks to Abiogen Pharma and Grünenthal, that may be changing soon.

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While you shouldn’t expect an FDA-approved treatment in your stocking in time for Christmas 2016 (or Christmas 2017, for that matter), there is a very promising IOU in the form of neridronic acid.

Neridronic acid is a type of bisphosphonate created by Abiogen. The Italian-based pharma company is working with German-based Grünenthal to develop practical applications for the drug, and early results have been encouraging.

Studies of CRPS patients administered neridronic acid showed a measurable reduction in pain and symptoms, enough that the FDA designated the drug as a Breakthrough Therapy.

Paired with its fast track and orphan drug designations, this is an exciting development and could soon lead to the very first FDA-approved treatment specifically for CRPS.

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Things are looking good for 2017! Source:

A Phase III trial currently underway will be the deciding factor in FDA-approval, but Abiogen and Grünenthal are understandably optimistic. And so, too, are patient advocates, who hope the approval of a CRPS medication will crack open the door to improved awareness of the disease—which, in turn, could lead to more research and treatment options. That, in itself, would make a fantastic gift.

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Ronald Ledsen

Ronald Ledsen

After emigrating from his native Sweden, Ronald spent a stint in the Merchant Marines while trying to work out what he wanted to do with his life. He discovered a love of writing while helping a friend write anonymous Harry Potter fan-fiction online; he discovered meaning to his writing when he began journaling after an anxiety disorder diagnosis. Ronald is most relaxed when spending quiet time with his wife, two sons, and hyperactive cat.

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