Vampire Bat Stroke Drug Study Gets Back on Track

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Vampire Bat Stroke Drug Study Gets Back on Track

Postby Sean Ryan » Oct 30, 2006 6:41 pm

Vampire bat stroke drug study resumes
Genetically modified protein from vampire bat saliva to treat ischemic stroke.
October 30 2006: 4:07 PM EST

CHICAGO (Reuters) -- An experimental stroke treatment based on the saliva of vampire bats rose from the dead Monday days after a safety panel stalled human testing because of a potential safety risk, its developers said.

An independent panel monitoring clinical trials of the drug said Monday a large study could resume after it halted patient recruitment last week so that it could investigate additional data to evaluate a possible safety issue.

News of the vampire bat drug's revival, which hit a day before the celebration of Halloween, sent shares of the medicine's German developer, Paion AG (Charts), and U.S. partner Forest Laboratories Inc. (up $0.85 to $48.73, Charts) higher. ... tm?cnn=yes
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