Second Shipment of Dried Cannabis Materials Shipped to Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence by PreveCeutical’s Canadian Licensed Producer Partner for Novel Nose-to-Brain Drug Delivery Research
Vancouver, British Columbia: PreveCeuticalMedical Inc. (the “Company”or “PreveCeutical”) (CSE: PREV, OTCQB: PRVCF, FSE: 18H), announces the grant of two additional permits (the “Permits”) by the Australian Government, Department of Health, for the importation of a second shipment of cannabis plant materials into Australia for research purposes and the shipment of dried cannabis materials pursuant to the Permits. The Permits, which were granted to the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (“PACE”) at the University of Queensland (“UQ”), allow PACE to import shipments of cannabis material for research purposes. PreveCeutical’s Canadian licensed producer partner has also received the required Canadian permits to export their medical cannabis materials to PACE.
The cannabis materials are used for PreveCeutical’s soluble gel (“Sol-gel”) drug delivery research program (the “Program”), for testing an array of cannabis strains for the development and commercialisation of cannabinoid-based Sol-gels. The Program is led by PreveCeutical’s Chief Research Officer, Dr. Harendra Parekh and conducted by PreveCeutical’s research partner, the University of Queensland, and aims to develop a technology that will increase the bioavailability of drugs by using a nose-to-brain delivery system. By applying Sol-gel technology to cannabis, PreveCeutical intends to develop therapies for relief from a range of symptoms, including pain, inflammation, seizures and neurological disorders (see news release dated April 24, 2017). The advantages of Sol-gels over conventional liquid nasal sprays include longer therapeutic effects, reduced dosage requirements, and reduced negative side effects, such as irritation.
Cannabis Storage and Security Regulations
The Australian Government, Department of Health, has strict regulations with regard to procuring, possessing, using and disposing of cannabis and cannabis-derived materials that govern both the Company’s production and in-vitro testing of cannabinoid-based Sol-gels. Regulations include, but are not limited to, maintaining records of imported materials, using approved storage receptacles and restricting access and use of controlled substances to authorized persons. A recent audit of the Program, conducted by the Department of Health, revealed that Dr. Parekh and PACE are doing exceptional work complying with the regulations.
PreveCeutical is a health sciences company that develops innovative options for preventive and curative therapies utilizing organic and nature identical products.
PreveCeutical aims to be a leader in preventive health sciences and currently has five research and development programs, including: dual gene therapy for curative and prevention therapies for diabetes and obesity; the Program; Nature Identical™peptides for treatment of various ailments; non-addictive analgesic peptides as a replacement to the highly addictive analgesics such as morphine, fentanyl and oxycodone; and a therapeutic product for treating athletes who suffer from concussions (mild traumatic brain injury). PreveCeutical sells CELLB9®, an Immune System Booster. CELLB9®is an oral solution containing polarized and potentiated essential minerals extracted from a novel peptide obtained from Caribbean Blue Scorpion venom. This product is available on the Company’s website.
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“Stephen Van Deventer”
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