Khiron Life Sciences Publishes Groundbreaking Longitudinal Palliative Care Study
Khiron Life Sciences Corporation (TSXV: KHRN)(OTCQX: KHRNF)(Frankfurt: A2JMZC), a vertically integrated international cannabis leader with core operations in Latin America and Europe, has announced that the company presented results from its first research study including 1,453 patients from Khiron-subsidiary Zerenia Clinics at the 29th International Pain Conference in Barranquilla, Colombia, organized by ACED, the Colombian chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).
The study, entitled “Prescription patterns and clinical outcomes in a cohort of patients receiving progressive therapy with cannabinoids for medical use in Colombia“, is a longitudinal, retrospective cohort study including 1,453 patients receiving treatment with medical cannabis at Khiron-owned Zerenia and ILANS (Latin American Institute of Neurology & Nervous System) clinics in Colombia.
The scope of research was to capture patient-reported outcome measures (PROMS) and patient-reported experience measures (PREMS) of general efficacy, adherence, and side effects of oral formulations ranging in cannabinoid content for the treatment of different health conditions with a diverse patient base over a twelve-month period.
“Scientific research and data are key to convincing doctors and policy makers all over the world about the benefits of medical cannabis to treat conditions that are prevalent in every society and market we are targeting. After one year of compiling information and having gone through a very detailed approval process, we are very proud to share the results from this first-of-its-kind clinical study in Latin America with such a significant patient base,” said Khiron CEO Álvaro Torres.
The research protocol was reviewed and approved by the Scientific Institutional Committee and the Research Ethical Committee of the Universidad del Bosque, in Colombia, one of the leading institutions on medical research in the region.
“This is just the beginning of our ongoing research program. We are looking forward to sharing the outcomes of this first cohort study with the international medical audience through peer-reviewed, specialized publications so doctors all over the world can continue to drive prescription growth safely and responsibly,” added Torres.
Demographic results reported most patients were female (73%) and with an average age of 59.3 years old, in strong contrast with results arising from Project T21, the UK’s first medical cannabis registry that Khiron Life Sciences has been supporting since its foundation in 2019. Patients in the study were mainly diagnosed with chronic, non-cancer pain (77%), followed by nausea and vomiting (8%), insomnia (6%), anxiety (5%), spasticity and depression, among other symptoms. and up to 68 % of patients had their medical cannabis prescription cost covered by government health insurance in Colombia. Study results show a patient-reported positive clinic response in more than 80% of participants with only minor side-effects associated to the treatment.