Adamis Pharmaceuticals Announces Results of Tempol in Omicron Virus Challenge in Hamster Model
Tempol Reduced Lung Inflammation After High Dose Challenge
SAN DIEGO, March 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (Nasdaq: ADMP) today announced that in studies conducted at Galveston National Laboratory (GNL), University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston, hamsters challenged with high levels of the Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, resulted in significant decrease of inflammation in the lungs of animals treated with Tempol compared to controls. The Company previously reported data demonstrating that Tempol, a novel antioxidant, can reduce inflammation in hamsters given the original non-variant wild-type virus (SARS-CoV-2) strain that causes COVID-19.
Dr. Chien-Te Kent Tseng, Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Director of GNL’s SARS/MERS/COVID-19 Laboratory at UTMB, commented on these results: “In our hamster model using high doses of omicron virus, we observe significant pulmonary inflammation. In contrast, animals given Tempol show a significant reduction of inflammation. Tempol acts as a potent anti-inflammatory in the hamster challenge model, which we believe is an appropriate model for human COVID-19.” In addition to Dr. Tseng, the UTMB team includes Drs. Aleksandra K. Drelich and Bi-Hung Peng (Pathologist).
Dr. Dennis J. Carlo, President and Chief Executive Officer of Adamis Pharmaceuticals commented: “The new Omicron variant BA.2 is predicted to increase in the US over the next few weeks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show BA.2, which is a subvariant of omicron, has been tripling in prevalence every two weeks. The recent Tempol animal study shows significant decrease in lung inflammation in hamsters given high doses of Omicron. It is encouraging since we have seen similar effects in the wild type unmutated virus. The ongoing evolutionary changes of the virus create challenges for vaccines and there are limited safe treatment options against these new variants. These data support the potential for Tempol to play an important role, as a medical countermeasure, to the ongoing evolutionary changes in the virus that causes COVID-19. The animal study results to date also support the design of our ongoing clinical study in humans where we are targeting early infection with the objective of reducing inflammation and a more rapid resolution of symptoms. We are hopeful that the clinical study will replicate the animal study results, i.e., preventing or ameliorating some of the most severe symptoms of COVID-19 caused by dysfunctional inflammation, regardless of the virus variant.”
About Adamis Pharmaceuticals
Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corporation is a specialty biopharmaceutical company primarily focused on developing and commercializing products in various therapeutic areas, including allergy, opioid overdose, respiratory and inflammatory disease. The Company’s SYMJEPI® (epinephrine) Injection products are approved by the FDA for use in the emergency treatment of acute allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. The Company’s ZIMHI™ (naloxone) Injection product is approved for the treatment of opioid overdose. Tempol is in development for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 and a Phase 2/3 clinical trial is underway. For additional information about Adamis Pharmaceuticals, please visit Adamis.com and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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