18th April 2011
Research into a possible treatment for urinary incontinence began at Beech Tree Labs Inc this week.
Dr John McMichael, chief executive officer of the American laboratory, announced that clinical evaluation of new therapeutic agent UISH001 had started, in a bid to test its effectiveness against incontinence, which statistics show is on the rise.
He said: "The incidence of urinary incontinence is increasing as a consequence, in part, of our aging society. It represents an unmet medical need since most of the products now available are accompanied by adverse effects for a significant number of patients. This phase 2a trial is being conducted to determine if UISH001 can meet that need."
Sixty patients will take part in the FDA-approved placebo-controlled trial, which will follow on from tests showing that the product was effective in treating urge, stress and mixed incontinence.
The NHS describes urinary incontinence as the unintentional passing of urine. It is thought to affect around 50 million people in the developed world. Incontinence affects around 13 per cent of women and five per cent of men in the UK.
Posted by Philip Briggs
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