Vitality Biopharma Inc(OTCMKTS:VBIO) continues to move northbound after a dip to $0.75 in November. VBIO was running fast leading up to November 8 reaching highs of $1.75 before coming back down to where it started.
VBIO operates in the red hot Marijuana industry that has quickly turned into a multi-billion dollar massive growth market that is sweeping across the Country with many new states legalizing the drug including California, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts on November 8.
Vitality Biopharma Inc(OTCMKTS:VBIO) says it is dedicated to unlocking the power of cannabinoids for the treatment of serious neurological and inflammatory disorders. VBIO product pipeline includes Cannabosides – VITA-100 for gastrointestinal disorders, including inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome; Cannabosides – VITA-210 for muscle spasticity in multiple sclerosis and rare white matter disorders; and Cannabosides for epilepsy, schizophrenia, substance abuse, and Huntington’s disease.
Vitality Biopharma has developed a new class of cannabinoid prodrug, known as cannabosides, which upon ingestion can enable the selective delivery of THC and cannabidiol (CBD) to the gastrointestinal tract. Site-specific delivery could enable oral drug formulations of cannabinoids to provide therapeutic benefits while reducing or avoiding the systemic delivery of THC into the bloodstream. Currently, high concentrations of psychoactive THC in the brain limit the dose of cannabinoids that can be used elsewhere in the body for treatment of pain and inflammation.
Independent clinical trial results suggest that cannabinoids will help induce remission in Crohn’s disease patients, and that the vast majority of inflammatory bowel disease patients experience symptomatic relief, including more than 75% of patients who report improvement in visceral pain and abdominal cramping. Approximately 1.4 million Americans are affected by inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Most patients are diagnosed before age 30 and require life-long treatment.
In addition to providing targeted delivery, cannabosides could enable a better tasting formulation for improved patient compliance, better oral bioavailability that provides safer and more reliable dosing, and a delayed release mechanism that enables patients using these medications to have long-lasting, overnight relief.
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A prodrug is a medication or compound that, after administration, is metabolized (i.e., converted within the body) into a pharmacologically active drug. Prodrugs are often designed to improve bioavailability when a drug itself is poorly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, or to overcome other issues that make molecules unappealing candidates for future development efforts. A prodrug may for instance be used to selectively target a specific tissue or organ, such as the brain or gut, which enables the drug to have a more targeted effect. Prodrugs have been around for a while, with Aspirin, acetylsalicylic acid, first made by Felix Hoffmann at Bayer in 1897, a classic example of a synthetic prodrug of salicylic acid. As of 2015, there were approximately 15 prodrugs that had been classified as blockbusters, defined as having annual sales in excess of $1 billion.
In November VBIO announced it is advancing its cannabosides pharmaceuticals for treatment of narcotic bowel syndrome, a severe form of opiate-induced abdominal pain.
Every day more than 650,000 opioid prescriptions are dispensed by US pharmacies, resulting in over 200 million opioid prescriptions dispensed annually. Studies have reported that up to 81% of patients treated with opiates have functional bowel disorders, but these common symptoms may lead to underdiagnosis of opiate-induced severe abdominal pain. More than half (58%) of opiate users have reported chronic abdominal pain in independently-conducted clinical studies, and narcotic bowel syndrome is the most severe form of this disorder, where abdominal pain paradoxically increases despite continued administration of narcotics to treat the pain. When undiagnosed, patients or physicians continue to escalate dosages, which temporarily relieves pain, but leads to addiction and also worsens the abdominal pain — a vicious cycle. Narcotic bowel syndrome has dire consequences for opiate users, as their quality-of-life has been reported to be worse than patients with quadriplegia.
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Currently trading at a $19 million market valuation VBIO has minimal cash or revenues; this is as Stevia First Corp. STEV reincarnated. The stock has clearly caught the eye of Investors with their new class of cannabinoid prodrugs, known as cannabosides VBIO is making headway in the booming pot sector that has catapulted this one skyward. We will be updating on VBIO when more details emerge so make sure you are subscribed to Microcapdaily so you know what’s going on with VBIO.
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