By WVUA 23 Reporter Julia Smith

The last time researchers were developing fibromyalgia medications was in 2009, leaving millions still in pain and without treatment. Until now.

Right now, nearly 12 million people in America are dealing with fibromyalgia, and nearly 8 million aren’t getting the care they need for this painful and complicated condition.

Side effects include body pains form head to toe, headaches, anxiety and depression that make everyday life difficult.

Tuscaloosa surgeon Dr. WIlliam L. Pridgen said he came across a combination of two antibiotics that together could help millions of people living with fibromyalgia.

“We figured out a combination of a antiviral and a non steroidal  had a unexpected synergy that the impact of the two medicines together did something we didn’t or one would not expect it to do,” Pridgen said.

Pridgen said he started the company Innovative Med Concepts in 2012 to research the potential new drug.

The new medicine has no risk of addiction or overdose, and has already passed the first phase of testing for Federal Drug Administration approval. Before the drug is approved for sale, it will go through several more rounds of testing and reviews.

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