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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Glaxo Suspends ‘Red Wine’ Drug Trial

In recent years, much attention has been given to reports that red wine offers health benefits. But safety concerns have prompted GlaxoSmithKline to suspend a clinical trial of a drug that mimics a health-boosting compound found in red wine, raising concern over the possibility of personal injury.

The substance SRT501 is a proprietary form of resveratrol, found in grapes and red wine and thought to offer health benefits, among them preventing heart disease and potentially slowing the aging process.

In 2008, Glaxo acquired the rights to SRT501 when it bought biotech Sirtris Pharmaceuticals. The clinical trial, testing the addition of SRT501 to the cancer drug Velcade for use by people with multiple myeloma, was suspended this week following, in the company’s words, “unexpected safety events.” The testing began in March 2009 and was to have continued into this December.

The dangers of defective consumer products are manifold, and pharmaceutical products in particular can have effects that may not even be noticed until years later. And if injury or death result, the people who suffer the consequences deserve to have their interests looked after.

At The Cochran Firm, we take very seriously the responsibility of assisting people who may have sustained a pharmaceutical injury caused by defective drugs. If you are concerned that you are one of these people, we urge you to please contact us for a free, confidential consultation.

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