The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
Zingo for Local Analgesia in Children
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The FDA has approved the marketing of a new device for delivering lidocaine to the skin of children undergoing a venipuncture or intravenous (IV) line placement. Zingo (Anesiva) is a powder intradermal injection system.

THE DEVICE — The Zingo device is a cylinder 6.5 inches long that resembles a small flashlight. When the flat end is pressed against the skin, a “start” button near the top of the cylinder is unlocked. Pressing the button slices off the tip of an inner cylinder containing pressurized helium gas. With an audible “pop”, the released gas propels 0.5 mg of lidocaine powder into an area of skin 2 cm in diameter. Each device can only be used once, at a cost of $20, according to the manufacturer.

CLINICAL STUDIES — Two studies of this lidocaine powder delivery system have been published. One in 306 children and adolescents undergoing venipuncture for drawing blood ... more      

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