FDA Adds More Heat to the Capsaicin Debate: A Blog Entry by Dave R. (February 25, 2012)
"Capsaicin extracts, in the form of creams or patches, had been regarded as one of the three proven ways of effectively reducing neuropathic pain for people with HIV. ... However, the American FDA has just denied approval [of Capsaicin patches for HIV-related neuropathy pain]. ... It makes you wonder what makes things safe in one country and not in another. ... However, in the last year, doubts have been appearing in studies and across the Internet, regarding the efficacy of capsaicin patches ..."
FDA Pain Patch Decision: Making a "Sophie's Choice" With People's Lives (February 21, 2012)
"I went into this hearing hoping for a new treatment for [neuropathy], which I have ... borne witness to with so many friends over the years," writes Matt Sharp. "But truth be told, the evidence in favor of the pain patch was just not strong enough."
How Neuropathy Is Currently Treated: A Blog Entry by Dave R. (January 3, 2012)
"We are so used to taking a pill, or undergoing an operation to cure us of our illnesses, that it almost seems inconceivable that there’s a disease that can't be completely cured. Then we remember that we also have to deal with HIV and although it's a cruel truth, neuropathy is just as difficult for the medical researchers to find a cure for."
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