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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
UNITED STATES: FDA Panel Rules Against NeurogesX Patch for HIV
David Morgan
February 15, 2012
Reuters (02.09.12) - Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Food and Drug Administration panel of outside experts has ruled against using a product derived from chili peppers to treat neuropathic pain in people with HIV. The committee voted 12-0 that clinical data do not show substantial evidence that NeurogesX Inc.'s Qutenza is effective against pain in the extremities suffered by many HIV patients. The experts also voted 11-0, with one abstention, that the capsaicin patch's risk-benefit profile was not acceptable for use by persons with HIV.

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