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Breakthrough for osteoarthritis sufferers

Gareth Parker

Osteoarthritis sufferers may soon be able to be a part of a trial to test a breakthrough drug that stops osteoarthritis in its tracks.

Australian scientists have discovered the drug Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium used for 70 years to treat blood clots can also eliminate osteoarthritis pain.

“The results are very exciting but they’re very early. This  Pentosan has been tested in about 30 people and it’s been largely a safety study and the treatment looks safe.”

“Later this year there will be a trial done to confirm whether this medication works, but certainly on all appearances it’s looking very, very promising,” Professor Flavia Cicuttini, an arthritis expert from Monash University, told 6PR Breakfast this morning.

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