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A non-Corona Virus Posting: Teaching a really ancient drug a new trick

But First, the Cocaine Saga Continues In Supplement 10 of Orange Book Volume 39 Genus Lifesciences listed another patent ( 10,420,760 ) for its cocaine hydrochloride product, GOPRELTO. It is the fourth method patent listed for GOPRELTO that is directed to a method of inducing local anesthesia. In this case, the inventors added the patient’s glomerular filtration rate as a new limitation in the claims.  Teaching a Really Ancient Drug a New Trick We all know of a really ancient drug (think back to biblical times!) that is still widely used today. That is ethyl alcohol (a.k.a. “ethanol” or simply “alcohol”). Of course, it is used mainly as a recreational drug. But then again, you may have known or heard of people who imbibed a distilled spirit on a regular basis strictly for “medicinal purposes.” I can still recall seeing my dad taking a single shot of some sort of whiskey every evening after dinner. Although I do not think I ever knew his medicinal purpose. I recently di