Human trial for pharmacologic ventilator

A new pharmacologic ventilator has shown promising results in a human trial aimed at testing its ability to reverse opioid-induced respiratory depression.

The drug, GAL-021, achieved its aims in a 12-subject test with no safety concerns, according to a trial report published in the journal Anesthesiology, the official journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

GAL-021 acts by blocking potassium channels in the brain that regulate breathing. It has been previously reported that it reverses

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