Lexaria Bioscience (NASDAQ: LEXX, LEXXW), a global innovator in drug delivery platforms, today announced that its patented DehydraTECH-CBD(TM) has demonstrated performance enhancements compared to one of the world’s leading anti-seizure medications, Epidiolex(R). According to the update, animal study program EPIL-A21-1 was designed to determine whether DehydraTECH-CBD could provide similar seizure inhibiting efficacy, using an established, vehicle-controlled, acute animal seizure model induced by electrical stimulation (“MES”), at lower doses than were required with Epidiolex, the world’s only commercially approved, CBD-powered anti-seizure drug. In order to minimize adverse side effects, Lexaria is continually searching for the lowest possible efficacious dose levels of the drugs it formulates with DehydraTECH. An initial MES pilot study in animals examined three different doses and revealed that DehydraTECH-CBD was more efficacious than Epidiolex in reducing or eliminating seizure activity at the lower doses of 50 mg/kg and 75 mg/kg. Epidiolex was more efficacious in eliminating seizure activity at the highest dose of 100 mg/kg tested in the pilot study. Only DehydraTECH-CBD demonstrated some reduction in seizure activity at the 50 mg/kg dose and, at the 75 mg/kg dose, DehydraTECH-CBD demonstrated full elimination of seizure activity in 66.6% of the animals compared to 50% of Epidiolex-treated animals.
Following the pilot experiment, a second MES animal seizure study was performed measuring time to peak efficacy at various post-dosing time points. In this case, based on rapidity of action, DehydraTECH-CBD also showed an apparent trend toward enhanced effectiveness. At the 30-minute timepoint, 50% of the animals dosed with DehydraTECH-CBD showed partial reduction or full elimination of seizure activity whereas 100% of the Epidiolex-dosed animals were exhibiting full seizure activity. At the 60-minute timepoint, 87.5% of DehydraTECH-CBD-dosed animals showed partial reduction or full elimination of seizure activity compared to 62.5% of the Epidiolex-dosed animals showing partial reduction or full elimination of seizure activity. Epidiolex showed some enhanced capabilities in seizure reduction at later time points in the study.
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About Lexaria Bioscience Corp.
Lexaria’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 bio-absorption with cannabinoids, antiviral drugs, 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 27 patents granted and roughly 50 patents pending worldwide. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.LexariaBioscience.com.
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