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iovera® Device: For Treatment of Breakthrough Pain?

The marketplace for pain management products is changing...and many devices have come onto the market for this purpose.  The early generation products, such as spinal cord stimulators and TENS units are still in use today..but more and more new devices have entered the scene.


X-ray of knee replacement


One such device is undergoing clinical trials right now.  It's called iovera® and it's  already FDA approved for breakthrough pain.  The current trials are focused on post-surgical management of pain in knee replacement patients. There is a lot of interest in this product--according to Myoscience, the California based product developer, enrollment for the study filled up ahead of schedule!

This device is a little different from some of the earlier devices because of its use for breakthrough pain.  The earlier products I am most familiar with deliver a constant baseline level of pain relief--if breakthrough pain should occur while using these earlier products, it is managed using medication or some other pain relief technique.

It's way too early to predict any outcomes of this study yet..but here again, the push is on to find methods of pain relief that do not pose any risk of addiction to the patient.  Hear, here!

You can read the original press release here. The product web site can be found here.

Sources: PressReleaseRocket; iovera® health; wikimedia

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