A new, innovative solution to ear pain, a new invention from an African-American doctor, could mean a big payoff for a person’s health.
It could also be a big loss to the economy.
“The idea that you would put this in your ear is kind of absurd,” said Dr. Roberta Panksepp, a cardiologist who specializes in the ear, nose and throat.
Her team developed the new product, which they hope to sell to hospitals, dentists and health care facilities as part of a new effort to address the ear pain epidemic.
“It could be the difference between being able to work, or being able for that matter, having the ability to have the ability for people to have pain relief,” she said.
This is a very complicated process to figure out how to make this medicine work,” she added.
The new treatment has a low-dose version that is less than half the amount of a standard dose of a pain reliever.
The team is working with a small number of medical schools to get the approval needed to commercialize the product.
They are working with physicians from around the country to see if they can find patients that are more receptive to the new treatment.
Panksemp said she hopes to find an African doctor who is interested in working with her team.
She is also hoping to find a patient to sell the product to, but she isn’t giving a specific time frame for that.
She is hoping to see this medication being sold on a national basis soon.
There is a lot of excitement around the new medication, said Pankmepp, who is African-Canadian and is originally from Philadelphia.
She has worked in healthcare for almost 40 years, and she said her goal is to get people the right medicine to treat ear pain.”
I am looking for someone who is going to be receptive and willing to make a purchase,” she told ABC News.
If there is a drug or a medicine that could be used for the ear that is not available in the U.S., that’s the first thing we would look at,” Pankfepp said.
She said the company hopes to be able to see a reduction in the number of ear infections in the next two to three years, which could be a good sign for the overall health of the country.
“That could be another piece of the puzzle that would lead to a lot more people getting the medications they need,” she explained.
Pekakulapo, a 29-year-old Nigerian, said he had ear pain for almost 10 years.
He said he was prescribed a different medicine for ear pain called the Zantac nasal spray.
The new medicine, he said, made him feel better, but he also started having a lot less ear pain when he used it.
He decided to try out the pill because he thought it was the right thing to do.
“When I started taking the pill, I couldn’t hear anything, but when I used it again, I heard it.
That was the first time I heard my mom talking to me,” he said.
Pikako, another Nigerian, who also had ear trouble for years, said the medication is helping her with her ear pain and she is now able to be more active in her day-to-day life.
The team is currently working with doctors and health professionals from around Africa and the Caribbean to find patients to test.
Pankmep said she is confident the new drug will be available in time for the holidays, when many people are expecting a big jump in their health care costs.
Some experts believe the pill could save lives.
Dr. Michael Dube, a member of the U,S.
Preventive Services Task Force and the president of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, said if the drug is approved, it could lead to less ear infections.
Dube said the pill is a more effective solution to a condition that he called a “global epidemic” in the African continent.
He said the new medicine is a great option for people who have had ear problems in the past, but are still struggling with it.
Dube, who chairs the U-M Center for Ear and Ear Pain, also is concerned about how the new pill will be used.
“We know that there are more infections,” he told ABCNews.com.
“This is one way we could be able and we are talking about a more aggressive approach, which is more of a prescription than a shot, to get better and hopefully save lives.”
He added that the drug could have a positive effect on both people with ear problems and those with a healthy ear.
ABC News’ Emily Ratajkowski contributed to this report.