LARGO, Fla., July 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Belcher Pharmaceuticals, Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of GeoPharma, Inc. , has completed a double blind clinical study to evaluate the efficacy of their patent-pending drug for mucositis in cancer patients. Administration of their drug, MF5232, significantly improved the efficacy parameters with all ratings scales in the patients.
Mucositis is the inflammation of the mucosa in the mouth. It occurs as a side effect of chemotherapy and radiation. According to the National Cancer Institute, oral mucositis occurs in almost all patients receiving radiation for head and neck malignancies, in more than 75 percent of bone marrow transplant recipients, and in nearly 40 percent of patients receiving chemotherapy. Patients with reduced immune response, such as HIV/AIDS may also face this condition. Currently, no effective treatment for mucositis is available. Approximately 400,000 patients in the United States experience mucositis and the market potential is estimated to be at $300 million to $500 million.
"We are excited about the results of this study and we are exploring all the options available to move to the next phase of the development at a faster pace," stated Dr. Kotha Sekharam, Geopharma President and inventor of this drug. "In addition, since the drug is developed with natural ingredients, no side effects are expected."
GeoPharma, Inc. manufactures, packages, repackages and distributes a wide array of health-related products. GeoPharma, Inc. is comprised of the contract manufacturing entity Innovative Health Products and its two wholly owned subsidiaries Belcher Pharmaceuticals and Breakthrough Engineered Nutrition. Innovative Health Products custom-manufactures high-quality nutraceuticals and dietary and other nutritional supplements. Belcher Pharmaceuticals is an FDA- registered plant that manufactures and distributes over-the-counter and generic drugs. Breakthrough Engineered Nutrition markets and distributes its own proprietary line of branded consumer products and convenience foods for the low-carb and low-glycemic lifestyles. Breakthrough's brands, Lean Protein and CarbSlim, are distributed nationwide and are found in both mass retail and specialty outlets. For more about GeoPharma, Inc. go to our websites at http://www.onlineihp.com/, http://www.leanprotein.com/ and http://www.carbslim.com/.
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