Osteoarthritis (OA) pain is an extremely prevalent type of chronic pain, affecting more than 30 million individuals in the United States, and is the second-largest segment of the overall chronic pain market. Treatment of OA pain is dominated by cost-effective generic treatments, in addition to costly abuse-deterrent reformulations of opioid analgesics and new combinations of existing analgesics that attempt to mitigate side effects; no truly novel or mechanism-based therapies are currently available. The key drug classes prescribed to treat OA pain, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and opioid analgesics, are associated with a host of side effects including gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and/or abuse risks. As such, treatment of this indication can be challenging for physicians because existing therapies are frequently inadequate in achieving long-term analgesia in many patients.
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