Smoking: New Vaccine May Stop Addiction
Smoking addictions could soon become a thing of the past. An anti- nicotine vaccine is about to go before the FDA.
Nabi BioPharmaceuticals was awarded a $10 million grant to take its anti-nicotine vaccine, NicVAX, to Phase III clinical trials. The testing began last week.
NicVAX is designed to stimulate the immune system to generate antibodies that latch on to nicotine in a smoker’s body and actually prevent nicotine from ever entering the brain. As a result, the brain does not produce the positive-sensation stimulants as a response to nicotine.
Smoking-related diseases cause an estimated 440,000 American deaths each year. Smoking costs the United States over $150 billion annually in health care costs.
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