FDA approves anti-nausea patch for chemo patients

September 15, 2008 4:39:31 PM PDT
There's good news for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. They'll soon be able to use a medication patch to ease their often debilitating nausea.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first anti-nausea patch.Itss intended to provide relief for up to five days. The patch, calledSeanceso, is worn on the arm and delivers a widely used anti-nausea medicine through the skin.Itss expected to be available by the end of the year.

About a million people undergo chemotherapy every year and as many as 70-percent develop nausea.

If the problem occurs at the hospital, it can be dealt with immediately. But many patients suffer from nausea after being sent home. Anti-nausea pills are available, but some cancer patients have difficulty swallowing.

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