There have been several new drugs developed that have the potential to significantly reduce joint pain and inflammation. But there is a flaw.
When injected at the joint, the body quickly clears it away. This results in reduced effectiveness and the need for frequent injections.
What if there was a way to make these injections time-released? Duke University, with the help of Arthritis foundation funding, is developing a way to do just that.
Researchers at Duke are developing a biologically-based gel that can:
- Be injected at the joint as a liquid
- Form into a gel at the targeted location
- Provide long-term delivery of the medication
- Exit the body in a safe manner
I recently toured the research facility at Duke University and discussed the on-going arthritis-related work with several of the researchers. I was able to see a demonstration of the gel I discuss in this post.
If you know someone who is seriously affected by osteoarthritis, you understand how life changing this research can be. This is one of the many reasons I support the Arthritis Foundation.