Is a curious old compound a solution for chronic pain?

PEA is making a comeback after showing promise in the '60s and '70s

A compounding pharmacy claims a curious old compound could help fill the codeine-sized gap treating chronic pain.

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The medication is called palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) and it provides effective relief without the risk of addiction, according to National Custom Compounding.

PEA is fatty acid amine and is classified as an unscheduled supplement by the TGA.

The pharmacy’s owner and head pharmacist, Matthew Bellgrove, says PEA showed initial promise in clinical trials during the 1960s and '70s.

It didn’t take off because it isn’t commercially available.