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"Without it, I wouldn't be here," Novou told AFP on the sidelines of a conference in Paris about the mostly forgotten therapy, which remains marginal outside a few former Soviet bloc countries.
The treatment harnesses viruses called phages to attack and kill dangerous bacteria, including "superbugs" which have become progressively resistant to antibiotics.
Discovered during World War I and developed during the 1920s and 1930s, it has few undesirable side-effects.
Dublanchet, now retired, claims to have cured at least 15 patients of infections they contracted mainly after road accidents, and for whom antibiotics did not work.
Treatment usually lasts a few weeks, and is generally far less expensive than last-resort antibiotics which can cost tens of thousands of dollars or euros.
Pharmaceutical companies have shown little interest in phage therapy, in large part because viruses cannot be patented, according to participants at the Paris conference.
The question is more why hospitals/doctors are not using the method, that big pharma won't touch it because no profit is just business 101.
originally posted by: RainbowPhoenix
The cartel gets angry when dealers push anything other than their own brand.
originally posted by: paraphi
Phage therapy works, but not all the time.
It's another therapy that attracts the blanket belief that it will solve all problems, easily and every time. It won't.
However, it can work, but not all the time.
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: NewzNose
Well, if they developed a carbon nanotube based dagger, or a suit made of spiders silk, I would test those things out in a heart beat.