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Leading Addiction Focused Company Adial Pharmaceuticals Comments on Lancet Article Reporting Alcohol is the Number One Cause of Death Globally Among Ages 15 to 49
Adial seeks to rapidly advance its drug AD04 through Phase 3 trials
to become an important tool in combating alcohol use disorder
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Aug. 27, 2018 — Adial Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADIL; ADILW), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of treatments for addiction, today commented on the article published on Thursday, August 23rd, in The Lancet, which reports that alcohol is the number one cause of death globally among both men and women ages 15 to 49 years. The Lancet is one of the world’s leading medical journals with open access funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Data was derived from 694 sources of individual and population-level alcohol consumption and 592 studies on the risk of alcohol use, and the study produced estimates of drinking rates, alcohol attributable deaths, and the effect on disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs).
“This milestone Lancet article sheds bright light on the dangers of alcohol and the massive global mortality it inflicts. Alcohol use disorder (AUD) does not discriminate-killing our children, our parents, our soldiers, our teachers, and even our doctors. This disease destroys families and fractures communities,” stated William Stilley, CEO of Adial Pharmaceuticals. “It’s been almost 100 years since passage of the Volstead Act, a constitutional amendment prohibiting alcohol that was eventually repealed, and the rate of AUD continues to rise. Moreover, after all this time, there are still very limited medical options for those with this disease. Rather than demonizing those with AUD, we need to address the biological and physiological causes in order to find effective treatments. At Adial, we are aggressively working to commence our phase 3 trial for AD04, which is uniquely designed to treat AUD by reducing drinking while avoiding the side effects of other products on the market. Ultimately, we believe AD04 will become an important tool in the war against AUD, and possibly other addictions.”
According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (the “NIAAA”) and the Journal of the American Medical Association (“JAMA”), in the United States alone, approximately 35 million people each year have AUD, resulting in significant health, social and financial costs with excessive alcohol use being the fourth leading cause of preventable death and is responsible for 31% of driving fatalities in the United States (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 (the “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. Despite this, according to the 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). In addition, according to the NIAAA, the problem in the United States appears to be growing with almost a 50% increase in AUD prevalence between 2002 and 2013.
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 product, 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.
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