Adial Pharmaceuticals Chairman Featured in Doctors Channel Video Discussing Alcohol Use Disorder
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Nov. 21, 2018 — Adial Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADIL; ADILW), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of treatments for addiction, today announced that company Chairman Bankole A. Johnson DSc, MD is being featured in a series of videos produced by The Doctor’s Channel, with the first video now available at this link. The Doctor’s Channel is the world’s largest video site for doctors featuring short-form accredited continuing medical education (CME), medical news and lifestyle videos. The Doctor’s Channel reports over 450,000 physicians and clinicians in-network and has a growing video library consisting of more than 6,500 videos.
Dr. Johnson is one of the world’s most renown and sought after addiction experts and more information can be found at http://www.medschool.umaryland.edu/profiles/Johnson-Bankole/. He has written and spoken extensively about Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) and is regularly contacted by authorities from around the world for his expertise in the sector.
“Being able to discuss alcohol use disorder and the massive toll it exacts on global health with a wide variety of doctors and health care specialists is something I always appreciate, as it is a critical issue that we need to keep front and center,” said Dr. Johnson. “With a respected outlet such as The Doctor’s Channel helping bring this message to the frontlines of health care, we are in a better position to attack this disease and make the progress we need to save lives.”
The release of the video series comes on the heels of Adial announcing it has selected Crown CRO (“Crown”), a contract research organization based in Finland, to manage the company’s Phase 3 clinical trial for AD04 for the treatment of alcohol use disorder (AUD). The FDA approved protocol for this Phase 3 clinical trial is a 24-week trial expected to be run in 290 patients at 30 clinical sites across 5 European countries.
About Adial Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Adial Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of treatments for addictions. The Company’s lead investigational new drug candidate, AD04, is a genetically targeted therapeutic agent for the treatment of alcohol use disorder (AUD). A Phase 2b clinical trial of AD04 for the treatment of AUD showed promising results in reducing frequency of drinking, quantity of drinking and heavy drinking (all with statistical significance), and no overt safety concerns (there were no statistically significant serious adverse events reported). The Company plans to commence a Phase 3 clinical trial using AD04 for the potential treatment of AUD in subjects with certain target genotypes, which are to be identified using the Company’s proprietary companion diagnostic genetic test. AD04 is also believed to have the potential to treat other addictive disorders such as opioid use disorder, gambling, and obesity. For more information, please visit www.adialpharma.com.
About Alcohol Use Disorder
According to an article in the widely respected publication The Lancet, alcohol is the number one cause of death globally among both men and women ages 15 to 49 years. In the United States alone, approximately 35 million people have AUD resulting in significant health, social and financial costs (NIAAA Alcohol Facts & Statistics). AUD contributes to over 200 different diseases, and 10% of children live with a person that has an alcohol problem. According to the American Society of Clinical Oncologists, 5-6% of new cancers and cancer deaths globally are directly attributable to alcohol. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that AUD costs the U.S. economy about $250 billion annually, with heavy drinking accounting for greater than 75% of the social and health related costs. In addition, according to the NIAAA, the problem in the United States appears to be growing with an approximately 50% increase in AUD prevalence between 2002 and 2013.
Despite the high prevalence and high costs, according to an article in the JAMA 2015 publication, only 7.7% of patients (i.e., approximately 2.7 million people) with AUD are estimated to have been treated in any way and only 3.6% by a physician (i.e., approximately 1.3 million people). The most common treatments for AUD are directed at achieving abstinence and typical treatments include psychological and social interventions. Most therapies require abstinence even prior to initiating therapy. Abstinence requires dramatic lifestyle changes often with serious work and social consequences. Significant side effects of current pharmacologic therapies include mental side effects such as psychiatric disorders and depressive symptoms and physical side effects such as nausea, dizziness, vomiting, abdominal pain, arthritis and joint fitness. These problems with the currently available therapies appear to limit the willingness of people with AUD to seek treatment and then to limit compliance with treatment requirements and, therefore, the ultimate results for many people attempting currently available therapies.
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