A nonaddictive drug for chronic pain
For the millions of people with intractable pain, Prialt offers 1,000 times the analgesic power of opiates but without the addiction and waning potency. The secret is a synthetic compound modeled after a paralyzing toxin made by a Philippine cone snail. Whereas opiates boost
pleasure chemicals, a catheter implanted in the spine delivers Prialt directly to nerve cells to block the transmission of pain signals to the brain.