Study: Nitroglycerin patch fails to hasten healing of Achilles injuries

06/29/2008 | ScientificAmerican.com

Skin patches that administer topical glyceryl trinitrate did not expedite healing of patients with noninsertional Achilles tendinopathy, British researchers found. A previous study suggested that a patch from Schering-Plough Corp. boosted collagen formation and triggered the activity of fibroblasts -- cells that produce connective tissue -- in patients with Achilles tendon injuries.

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