Lexaria Bioscience (NASDAQ: LEXX, LEXXW), a global innovator in drug delivery platforms, today announced its receipt of independent review board (“IRB”) approval for human clinical nicotine study NIC-H22-1, and that human dosing will begin soon. The 36-person human pharmacokinetic (“pk”) randomized, double blinded, cross-over study will be conducted in current cigarette smokers, wherein each person will visit the laboratory to be dosed three times over a period of weeks. Only one oral nicotine pouch (either DehydraTECH-nicotine; On! brand manufactured by Altria; or Zyn brand manufactured by Swedish Match) will be administered during each visit and evaluated. Predetermined questionnaires for subjective evaluation will be used for each oral nicotine pouch, and eight total blood samples will be taken per visit to conduct objective evaluations related to quantity of nicotine in blood at various time points and more. In addition, vital signs such as temperature, blood pressure, heart rate and respiratory rate will be collected, and subjective evaluations will be conducted related to throat burn, user experience, gastrointestinal experience and more. Lexaria hopes to evidence that processing purified nicotine with DehydraTECH leads to better oral-tissue absorption and reduced negative experiences compared to current brands.
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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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