As Morphine Turns 200, Drug That Blocks Its Side Effects Reveals New Secrets

Thu, 19 May 2005 08:00 AM EST

... On May 21, 2005, the world of medicine will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the crystallization of morphine in Einbeck, Germany. Despite many side effects, morphine remains the standard for postoperative pain relief. The University of Chicago's Jonathan Moss will speak at a commemorative conference in Einbeck on how methylnaltrexone, developed at the University to block morphine's troubling side effects, enables scientists to distinguish between morphine's desired central analgesic effects and its undesirable peripheral effects. ...