Lexaria Bioscience (NASDAQ: LEXX), a global innovator in drug-delivery platforms, has received Independent Review Board (“IRB”) approval for its planned DehydraTECH-CBD human hypertension study HYPER-H21-4; the approval was received earlier than anticipated. The study is designed to “de-risk” outcomes prior to the company’s planned entry into regulatory pathways for the use of DehydraTECH-CBD to treat hypertension and perhaps other forms of cardiovascular disease. The six-week study, which is entirely funded through the existing cash resources, is planned to include 60 volunteers, aged 45 to 70, using three 150 mg doses of DehydraTECH-CBD daily for the duration of the study. Dosing is anticipated to begin by April of next year. The study will incorporate a double-blinded, randomized, cross-over design, with a placebo control. The length of the study allows the company to evaluate the impact of DehydraTECH-CBD over time as well as the potential for longer-term health benefits. This study is the most comprehensive undertaken by Lexaria. “The hypertension market is valued at $28 billion per year and is expected to continue growing as one of the world’s top health problems and as a subset of the larger heart disease market,” the company stated in the press release. “Over 1.1 billion people worldwide suffer from hypertension. Fewer than 1 person in 4 with hypertension have successfully controlled their blood pressure through medications, meaning the potential market for hypertension drugs is much larger than $28 billion per year if an affordable drug was available with few or no side effects. Lexaria believes that its DehydraTECH-CBD may introduce a more tolerable anti-hypertensive treatment option that may be used alone or in combination with other medications, to reduce BP with fewer discouraging and unwanted side effects.”
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About Lexaria Bioscience Corp.
Lexaria Bioscience’s patented drug-delivery technology, DehydraTECH(TM), improves the way active pharmaceutical ingredients (“APIs”) enter the bloodstream by promoting more effective oral delivery. Since 2016, DehydraTECH has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to increase bioabsorption with cannabinoids and nicotine by 5 to 10 times — and in some instances by as much as 27 times — compared to standard industry formulations, as well as reduce time of onset from one to two hours to minutes and mask unwanted tastes. The delivery systems are also being evaluated for orally administered, anti-viral drugs; nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (“NSAIDs”); PDE5 inhibitors; and more. DehydraTECH has also evidenced an ability to deliver some drugs more effectively across the blood brain barrier. Lexaria operates a licensed in-house research laboratory and holds a robust intellectual property portfolio with 23 patents granted and more than 50 patents pending worldwide. For more information about the company, please visit www.LexariaBioscience.com.
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