LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — An ancient folk remedy for chronic pain could be buzzing into mainstream markets.
Axis Clinical Trials in Los Angeles is testing honey bee venom for treatment of osteoarthritis.
Dr. Lydie Hazan spoke to CBS2′s Lisa Sigell about her experience treating patients with Apimed, otherwise known as standardized and purified “venom in a vial”.
“We were contracted by a pharmaceutical company which is based in Korea. They decided they wanted this product marketed in the United States,” she said. “We inject it locally in the knees of patients that are afflicted with osteoarthritis.”
Patients are monitored for months to see if their pain gets any better. The treatment must be proven safe and effective before it receives approval by the FDA…