ILLINOIS – A new treatment for mesothelioma may soon be released, thanks to an Illinois pharmaceutical company.

Pinnacle Biologics, Inc., an Illinois-based bio-pharmaceutical company, has announced this week that it has filed an Orphan Drug Designation (ODD) for its product PHOTOFRIN which aids in the surgical treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma.

An ODD is often applied to drugs and treatments of conditions that affect 200,000 people or less, providing a special status for the drug, allowing the manufacturer to receive tax credits and other incentives.

This program, which was put in place by The Orphan Drug Act, aims at ensuring the patients of rare diseases like mesothelioma are able to receive treatments.

Mesothelioma, an asbestos-caused disease which affects the lungs, heart and chest cavities, is diagnosed in roughly 3,500 Americans per year, leading it to fit with the limited population guidelines of the classification system.

Although there are treatments for mesothelioma, such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, there is currently no cure for it.

Mesothelioma usually develops after a victim is exposed to asbestos at their job site. Employers don’t always abide by the proper safety protocols and expose workers to asbestos without the proper gear. Most mesothelioma victims don’t even realize they were exposed to asbestos until after they have mesothelioma and it is too late. However, there is help available for all mesothelioma victims to seek justice. If you are suffering from mesothelioma or believe you have been exposed to asbestos, contact a mesothelioma lawyer right away for help.

Mesothelioma attorneys investigate their clients’ employment history to determine the initial exposure to asbestos. If anyone is found to have been negligent, they will be held accountable for the mesothelioma victim’s disease. As a mesothelioma victim, you may be entitled to thousands, if not millions of dollars in money benefits and medical care for the pain and suffering you have endured with your disease, and mesothelioma lawyers work diligently to secure you and your loved ones the full spectrum of benefits you deserve.

Time is of the essence when battling mesothelioma, so contact a skilled mesothelioma attorney today to get started on your case and uphold your rights as an asbestos victim.