Stroke drug repurposed to treat otitis media

A synthetic drug based on a herbal remedy may be an effective treatment for otitis media when used topically.

Research published in the Journal of Immunology suggests vinpocetine suppresses mucus overproduction, improves bacterial clearance and reduces hearing loss.

Vinpocetine is a synthetic alkaloid derived from the periwinkle plant and has had a chequered history as a treatment for acute ischemic stroke.

While the jury is still out on its neuroprotective qualities, the latest research shows topical administration