A Cocaine Nasal Spray Just Received FDA Approval

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Medicinal
cocaine
has
always
been
a
thing,
but
now
there’s
an
FDA-approved
nasal
spray
aptly
made
with
totally
legal,
pharmaceutical-grade
white. 

On
Monday,
the
pharmaceutical
outfit
Lannett
Company
announced
that
its
new
cocaine
hydrochloride
nasal
spray
product,
dubbed
Numbrino,
cleared

two

Phase
III,
randomized,
double-blind
clinical
trials.

“The
FDA’s
approval
of
our
cocaine
HCl
product,
the
first
NDA
approval
to
include
full
clinical
trials
in
the
company’s
history,
marks
a
major
milestone
in
Lannett’s
70+
years
of
operations,”
said
Tim
Crew,
Lannett
Company’s
CEO,
in
a


press
release
. “We
believe
the
product
has
the
potential
to
be
an
excellent
option
for
the
labeled
indication.
We
expect
to
launch
the
product
shortly…”

While
Lannett’s
nasal
spray
may
be
new,
cocaine’s
use
in
modern
medicine
is
not.
Unlike
weed,
which
is
considered
a
Schedule
I
drug
in
the
US

meaning
it
has
no
accepted
medical
use

cocaine
is
a
Schedule
II
drug,
meaning
it
has
some
accepted
medical
use.
Although
cocaine’s
medicinal
use
is
not
as
widespread
as
it
was
at
the


turn
of
the
20th
century
,
it
has
been,
in
rare
occasions,
administered
as
a
topical
analgesic
for
minor
surgeries. 

Nasal
administration
of
pharmaceutical-grade
coke
isn’t
new,
either.
In
the
‘80’s,
LA-based
drug
researcher
Ronald
K.
Siegel,
PhD.
tested
whether

sniffing
crack

could
control
arthritis
pain.
The
study
successfully
showed
that


snorting
pharmaceutical
crack


or
cocaine
freebase

could
effectively
manage
chronic
pain
without
triggering
cocaine’s
characteristic,
addictive
high.
However,
the
patients
reported
that
they
felt
uncomfortable
sniffing
lines
of
any
drug
for
relief,
and
some
study
subjects
turned
to
street-bought
cocaine
after
Siegel
revealed
the
study
drug’s
true
identity. 

Lately,
pharmaceutical
nasal
sprays
for
novel
drugs
has
become
all
the
rage.
Last
year,
President
Trump
ordered
the
VA
to
purchase
an
FDA-approved


ketamine
nasal
spray

for
treating
depression
in
combat
veterans.
In
December,
an
Oregon-based
company
announced
it
would
begin
developing
a


nasal
spray
for
delivering
psilocybin
,
the
psychedelic
component
of
magic
mushrooms.
And
in
case
you’re
wondering,


weed-based
nasal
sprays

have
already
been
around
for
a
few
years,
but
none
are
FDA-approved.

So,
there
you
have
it:
The
US
government
recognizes
cocaine
as
a
legit
medicine,
but
cannabis
is
still
considered
as
dangerous
and
useless
as
heroin. 


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