Cardiol Therapeutics Announces Plans for Orphan Drug Program in Acute Myocarditis with CardiolRx CBD Formulation
Press Release – Oakville, Ontario, June 20, 2019
Cardiol Therapeutics Inc. (TSX: CRDL; OTCQX: CRTPF) (“Cardiol” or the “Company”), a leader in the research and commercial development of pharmaceutical cannabidiol (CBD) and targeted therapies for heart disease, is pleased to announce that the Company is planning an international clinical trial in acute myocarditis utilizing its CardiolRx CBD formulation.
CardiolRx is Cardiol’s pure pharmaceutically-produced CBD. Designed to be the safest and most consistent formulation on the market, CardiolRx is cGMP certified and does not contain any THC. The Company plans to commercialize CardiolRx pharmaceutical CBD during 2019 in the billion-dollar market for medicinal cannabinoids in Canada and is pursuing market introduction opportunities in Europe and Latin America. Cardiol’s acute myocarditis program provides a unique opportunity to build brand awareness in support of this commercial launch and is being designed by an independent Steering Committee comprised of thought leaders in cardiology from North America and Europe.
Acute myocarditis is characterized by inflammation of the heart muscle (myocardium). The most common cause is viral infection of the heart tissue which is initially responsible for the inflammation. In most cases, the virus clears, and inflammation subsides, but in a significant number of cases the inflammation persists with ongoing myocardial damage and depressed heart function. Although the symptoms are often mild, myocarditis remains an important cause of acute and fulminant heart failure and is the most common cause of sudden cardiac death in people less than 35 years old. In addition, some patients proceed to develop chronic dilated cardiomyopathy which continues to be the leading indication for cardiac transplantation. Although viral causes of myocarditis are the most common, myocarditis can result from a broad range of infections and can be caused by drugs including chemo-therapeutic agents used to treat several common cancers. Symptoms include chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, and arrhythmias. Myocarditis damages heart cells, reducing overall heart function as measured by left ventricular ejection fraction such that the heart does not pump sufficient blood to meet the needs of the body.
Based on the large body of experimental evidence of the powerful anti-inflammatory activity of CBD in models of cardiovascular disease, Cardiol believes there is a significant opportunity to develop a potential breakthrough therapy for acute myocarditis that would be eligible for designation as an orphan drug. In the United States, an orphan drug designation is granted for pharmaceuticals being developed to treat medical conditions affecting fewer than 200,000 people. These conditions are referred to as orphan diseases. The assignment of orphan status to a disease and to drugs developed to treat it is a matter of public policy in many countries and has yielded medical breakthroughs that might not otherwise have been achieved. In the U.S. and the European Union, orphan drugs are eligible for accelerated marketing approvals and companies developing orphan drugs typically receive other incentives, including a prolonged period of market exclusivity that can extend over seven years, during which the drug developer has sole rights to market the drug.
“The U.S. orphan drug program was successfully utilized to accelerate the first FDA approval of CBD for the treatment of rare forms of pediatric epilepsy and significant shareholder value was created in the process,” stated David Elsley, President and CEO of Cardiol Therapeutics. “Given the mortality and the significant morbidity risk associated with acute myocarditis, we believe there is a similar opportunity in pursuing an expedited development program of our CardiolRx pharmaceutical CBD formulation for this serious orphan disease which has no accepted standard of care.”
About Cardiol Therapeutics
Cardiol Therapeutics Inc.(TSX: CRDL; OTCQX: CRTPF) is a leader in producing 100% pure pharmaceutical CBD and developing groundbreaking therapies for heart disease. The Company is focused on commercially launching the safest and most consistent CBD products for consumers and healthcare providers in the multi-billion-dollar medicinal cannabinoid markets. Cardiol is utilizing nanotechnologies designed to deliver CBD and other anti-inflammatory drugs for the treatment of heart failure. Heart failure is a leading cause of death and hospitalization in North America, with associated healthcare costs exceeding US$30 billion annually in the U.S. alone. For further information about Cardiol, please visit the Company’s website at www.cardiolrx.com.
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