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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 discovered that ethano…