October 15, 2012
By Jim Moore
Potential passengers grounded by motion sickness may soon have a more effective medication to treat that queasy feeling. NASA has adapted a tried-and-true cure for delivery via nasal spray, a method that brings more rapid relief.
The space agency announced Oct. 12 a deal with Epiomed Therapeutics Inc., a California firm that aims to bring intranasal scopolamine (INSCOP, as NASA calls it) to the wider world.
"NASA and Epiomed will work closely together on further development of INSCOP to optimize therapeutic efficiency for both acute and chronic treatment of motion sickness which can be used by NASA, the Department of Defense and world travelers on land, in the air and on the seas," said Lakshmi Putcha, developer of the innovative treatment strategy at Johnson Space Center.
A nasal delivery produced promising results during tests at the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory in Pensacola, Fla., and the U.S. Navy is also working on an agreement to collaborate with Epiomed.
Clinical trials must still be conducted to secure approval from the Food and Drug Administration.
Cessna reports "strong deliveries" of the new TTx since being awarded an FAA type certificate in June, and Brazil has followed suit.
The House has passed a bill requiring the TSA to consult stakeholders, including general aviation representatives, before making major changes to security policy.
NetJets has added a new safety feature to its long-range fleet: a doctor who is always in.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.