Efficacy and Safety of PPC-5650 on Experimental Rectal Pain in Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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PPC-5650 is a new pharmacological agent that can modulate acid-sensing ion channel activity, leading to a reduction in the pain signal under up-regulated conditions. The non-clinical programme for PPC-5650 supported a role for this novel agent in the treatment of pain in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In IBS patients, the aims of the study were: 1) to assess the efficacy of a single bolus of PPC-5650 locally applied in the rectum using multimodal stimulations of the recto sigmoid and 2) to assess the safety profile of PPC-5650. The study was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial in IBS patients, excluding females of child-bearing potential. The study consisted of a training visit, study visit 1 and 2 and a follow-up visit. Rectosigmoid electrical, thermal and mechanical stimulations were performed, pain perception was rated on a pain intensity scale and referred pain areas were assessed. All adverse events were registered. Twenty-five IBS patients were enrolled and completed the study (9 women and 16 men; mean age 50.4±12.7 years). No effects of the study drug were found on any of the rectal stimulations or for referred pain areas (all P>0.05). No significant or clinically relevant treatment-related differences were seen for the laboratory safety variables or any other reported adverse event. In conclusion, in patients with IBS on rectal sensitivity to multimodal stimulations, PPC-5650 did not produce efficacy relative to placebo. The overall safety and tolerability of PPC-5650 was acceptable. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

TidsskriftBasic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)140-145
Antal sider6
StatusUdgivet - 2015


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