Effects Of Broad Spectrum Anti-Inflammatory Compound On Metabolic Syndrome Patients
Quigley Pharma has initiated a human clinical safety trial designed to evaluate the effects of QR-449 on subjects with Metabolic Syndrome.
People suffering from Metabolic Syndrome are vulnerable to the most dangerous heart attack risk factors; diabetes, abdominal obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
The primary objectives for the study are; the determination of safety and to measure the corrective capacity of the compound on the imbalance of important anti-oxidant, nutrient and pro-inflammatory markers as well as other metabolic disturbances, associated with Metabolic Syndrome. Laboratory bio- markers will function to monitor safety as well as efficacy.
The International Disease Foundation has estimated that one quarter of the worlds population have metabolic syndrome (also know as syndrome X). As many as 65 million Americans are effected and the condition is also afflicting an increasing number of children and adolescents as the worldwide epidemic of obesity spreads across all age groups.
QR-449 has been formulated to aid the body in returning to homeostasis, through the modification of levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines and other factors. The Quigley compound has already been shown in previous studies to specifically reduce levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokine Interleukin-6 (IL- 6) whose presence has been linked to a disruption of homeostasis. Chronic inflammation is frequently associated with Metabolic Syndrome. Inflammatory markers that have been associated with Metabolic Syndrome include CRP, TNF-Alpha, fibrinogen, and IL-6, among others.
This patient study is being conducted at The Diabetes and Glandular Research Center of San Antonio, Texas, under the supervision of Lead Investigator, Dr. Sherwyn L. Schwartz.
Dr. Schwartz stated; "Affecting one in four American adults, Metabolic Syndrome, is fast becoming a significant health problem. Inflammation plays a major role in this and several other disorders such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cancer and Cachexia. The prospect of having a safe, non-toxic therapy to address these problems would be significant."
Dr. Richard Rosenbloom, Executive VP COO Quigley Pharma, added; "The aim of this protocol, a first in human study, is to better characterize the safety and pharmacologic action of the formulation."
This is an open label, dose ranging study to evaluate the effects of QR- 449 on subjects with Metabolic Syndrome. The study will be conducted at a single sight on fifteen evaluable subjects who have met the diagnosis criteria for Metabolic Syndrome as described by the WHO. Each randomized patient will receive treatment for eight weeks with their blood, urine and physical conditions monitored regularly.
The primary objectives for the study are:
-- Determine the safety of QR-449 when administered in a dose ranging fashion
-- Determine the effect of QR-449 on metabolic imbalances as determined through blood and urine laboratory markers in a dose ranging fashion.
As defined by the IDF (International Diabetes Foundation); The Metabolic Syndrome (MetSyn) is a cluster of the most dangerous heart attack risk factors: diabetes and pre-diabetes, abdominal obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Although the underlying cause of MS is not completely understood, experts believe that insulin resistance, central obesity, genetics, physical inactivity, pro-inflammatory state and hormonal changes as well as ethnicity are believed to be contributing and complicating factors.
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