"This is a safe and effective way of addressing an urgent health condition and one that enables flexible, convenient treatment outside of a hospital or clinic, including the patient's home," says Dr. Sheridan. "This trial is a striking example of how a relatively small research investment, in this case about $850,000, will save American families substantial amounts of money by enabling patients to stay out of hospital emergency rooms and to receive treatment in their homes. It is also an excellent example of collaboration between a private company, clinical investigators, and the National Institutes of Health in order to meet a medical need."
The NINDS, one of the National Institutes of Health located in Bethesda, Maryland, is the nation's leading supporter of research on the brain and the nervous system and a lead agency for the Congressionally designated Decade of the Brain.
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