PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 22, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 180 Life Sciences Corp. (NASDAQ: ATNF) (“180 Life Sciences” or the “Company”), today announced closure to recruitment of men and women across England with early stage Frozen shoulder for a trial to determine the feasibility of conducting a large randomized controlled trial to assess whether an intra-articular injection of anti-TNF (Adalimumab) can reduce pain and improve function in people with pain predominant early-stage frozen shoulder, which was called the Anti-Freaze-F trial. The Anti-Freaze-F trial is being run by the University of Oxford and originally sought to recruit 84 participants.
Frozen shoulder is an extremely painful and debilitating condition, affecting about 9% of adults in the UK. It is characterised by an initial pain predominant inflammatory phase that lasts around 3-9 months. This progresses to a stiffness predominant phase with restriction of shoulder movement, followed by slow improvement in motion and stiffness. Administration of steroids generally leads to improvement in pain and motion, but the effects do not typically extend beyond 6 weeks.
The Anti-Freaze-F trial opened to recruitment at the end of May 2022 following delays in gaining approvals due to backlogs in the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) system due to COVID-19 and consequential staff vacancies. Nine participants were recruited for participation in the trial through mid-February 2023.
The UK research system has faced unprecedented challenges following the COVID-19 pandemic both in terms of support services and at the point of delivery of clinical care. This has resulted in the NIHR instituting their Recovery and Reset programme to identify and close trials that are facing challenges. Unfortunately, we recently learned that our Anti-Freaze-F trial was considered to be one of the very numerous trials deemed one of such trials, due to the considerable challenges we faced to open recruitment sites and enroll sufficient participants. Therefore, the NIHR has asked the chief investigators to close the trial for further recruitment. The participants enrolled to date will receive their injections and follow up according to the established protocol. The Company had previously requested a no-cost extension, which was denied. The result of the closure of the trial means that another trial will likely need to be undertaken at a future time to recruit additional participants.
“We are obviously disappointed that the trial was unable to recruit sufficient patients despite the best efforts of the team led by Professors Nanchahal and Hopewell at the University of Oxford”, said Professor Sir Marc Feldmann, co-chairman of 180 Life Sciences.
Dr. James Woody, CEO of 180 Life Sciences, stated, “the challenges faced by the United Kingdom National Health Service and the systems associated with delivery of clinical research have made it extremely difficult to conduct some clinical trials, especially those initiated soon after the COVID-19 pandemic. We will assess the data from Anti-Freaze-F when available to refine the strategy for any subsequent trials for this unmet need. We are confident in the scientific rational for the study, and in the future we may determine that this trial may be best conducted in another country where the health and research systems are less constrained, and patients are readily available. This option is currently under consideration.” The discontinuation of the Anti-Freaze-F trial will have no impact on the Post Operative Cognitive Delirium trial, which is currently in the process of obtaining final approvals to proceed.
About 180 Life Sciences Corp.
180 Life Sciences Corp. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company driving ground-breaking studies into clinical programs which are seeking to address major unmet medical needs. The Company’s focus is a novel program to treat several inflammatory disorders using anti-TNF (tumor necrosis factor).
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