Study Confirms that CBDs are Safe & Well-Tolerated
May 11th, 2015
Policy, Top News
GW Pharmaceuticals plc’s [stockquote symbol=GWPH] Epidiolex – an investigational CBD-based drug designed to treat Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndromes – has been shown to be safe and well-tolerated in an early safety study.
With a total of 213 people taking part in the study, ranging from young children to adults, participants reported only minor negative reactions that included diarrhea, appetite issues, and tiredness. Just 12 people dropped out of the study due to these side effects, with those who completed the study showing an average of a 54% decrease in their number of seizures experienced.
The news comes as the company recently commenced its Phase III pivotal trial of Epidiolex in Lennox Gastaut syndrome. In the upcoming 14-week trial, a total of 150 patients will be assessed for dose-ranging safety and efficacy as an adjunctive antiepileptic treatment. The trial’s primary measure will be the percentage change from baseline in the number of drop seizures in patients versus placebo.
Epidiolex was approved for testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, despite the fact that cannabis remains a Schedule I Controlled Substance. The findings from the study were presented at the 2015 American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting and could help support additional research focused on CBDs from a number of other companies in the space.
In addition to Epidiolex, the company is developing a deep pipeline of additional cannabinoid product candidates which includes Sativex in Phase III clinical development as a potential treatment of pain associated with advanced cancer, as well as compounds in Phase I and Phase II trials for glioma, type 2 diabetes, and schizophrenia. More information can be found on www.gwpharma.com.
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