Solinski, Hans (NIDCR)
Inglese, James (NCATS)
Dranchak, Patricia (NCATS)
NIH scientists have identified new compositions that could potentially be used to treat or prevent pruritus (itchiness). The newly discovered compounds can block a newly identified itch pathway and might be effective for persistent itch caused by psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, renal failure, liver cirrhosis and chemotherapy. These compounds are different from commonly used antihistamines which induce drowsiness and sedation. These compounds have the potential to be used for human and animals.
- Therapeutics for preventing or treating pruritus/itching.
- A new category of drug for pruritus treatment.
- Various screening tests used to minimize potential side effects.