This excerpt taken from the ELN 20-F filed Feb 28, 2008.
SEVERE CHRONIC PAIN
Our commercial activities related to meeting the needs of pain specialists addressing severe chronic pain involve Prialt, a new type of therapy for patients that we launched in the United States in January 2005.
This excerpt taken from the ELN 20-F filed Mar 30, 2006.
About Severe Chronic Pain
There are many different ways to classify pain, including duration or time, disease base, and whether physiologically the pain is based in nerves that sense and respond to damage to parts of the body (nociceptive), or if the pain is the result of an injury or malfunction in the peripheral or central nervous system (neuropathic).
Chronic pain can be defined as pain that has lasted over six months and is not relieved by medical or surgical care. Chronic pain may result from a previous injury long since healed; or it may be from an ongoing condition, such as back and/or leg pain, cancer pain, complex regional pain syndromes, or painful nerve disorders (neuropathies).
Pain can be classified as severe based on standardized measurements, such as the Visual Analog Scale of Pain Intensity. Severe chronic pain is a significant debilitating condition. Approximately 52,000 patients with severe chronic pain have their condition managed by intrathecal therapy.