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Private medical cover holders to benefit from chocolate-based cough remedy?

Published on 21/12/2010
A new treatment for persistent coughs based on a chemical found in chocolate could soon be available to those with private medical cover.

Scientists are carrying out the final stages of clinical trials of a new drug based on theobromine, an ingredient in cocoa.

It is hoped the drug, called BC1036, will help treat persistent coughs - those that last two weeks or more - better than current remedies.

These usually contain opiates such as codeine and so cannot be taken by people under the age of 18, but BC1036 has no such restrictions.

It works by inhibiting the inappropriate firing of the vagus nerve, which is a key feature of persistent cough.

Manfred Scheske, chief executive of consumer health at SEEK, the UK-based company developing the drug, said: "I am very excited to announce the progression for the late-stage development of BC1036, which has the potential to dramatically impact the treatment of persistent cough and could greatly benefit the quality of life of persistent cough sufferers."

Persistent coughs afflict an estimated 800 million people worldwide, with an estimated 12 per cent of the UK population having the symptom on a daily or weekly basis.
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