SAN DIEGO, March 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Medical Marijuana, Inc. (OTC: MJNA), the first-ever publicly traded cannabis company in the United States, announced today that its major investment company AXIM® Biotechnologies, Inc. (AXIM® Biotech) (OTCQB: AXIM), has entered into a Term Sheet Agreement with a U.S.-based controlled-substances API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient) production company to develop a dronabinol-based functional, controlled-release chewing gum product based on AXIM IP and technology. The new dronabinol chewing gum product will be bioequivalent to Marinol®. Marinol® was first introduced in the U.S. market in 1985 and remains the only FDA approved cannabis-based drug available in the U.S.
Marinol (generic name: Dronabinol) is used to treat nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy. It is usually used when other drugs to control nausea and vomiting have not been successful. Dronabinol is also used to treat loss of appetite and weight loss in patients with HIV infection. Dronabinol (also called THC) is a man-made form of the active natural substance in marijuana. AXIM will pursue these same indications in its clinical research on the chewing gum replacement.
In its current form, Marinol is delivered through a gel capsule where 90% of the dronabinol is metabolized into 11-OH- THC due to the first-pass (liver) metabolism. This causes significant side effects for patients including impaired thinking and other adverse reactions. AXIM's patented control-release chewing gum largely bypasses the first pass metabolism in the liver to the point where AXIM believes their new formulation will improve efficacy while simultaneously reducing side effects for patients who utilize this new delivery method.
AXIM will work with an API-manufacturing company that will supply AXIM with the synthetic dronabinol (delta-9-THC) for use in these trials. AXIM will then conduct a bio-equivalency study and will eventually seek FDA approval to bring this chewing gum product to market.
"AXIM has once again expanded its clinical research program in an impressive and important way that will greatly benefit this population of patients," said Dr. Stuart Titus, PhD, CEO of Medical Marijuana, Inc. "With more than a third of patients discontinuing use of Marinol® as prescribed due to adverse side effects, it is encouraging that AXIM will research and attempt to bring to market an improved medication that may provide expanded therapeutics while allowing for a better quality of life for this patient population."
AXIM® Biotechnologies, Inc. (OTC: AXIM) focuses on the research, development and production of cannabis-based pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and cosmetic products. Our flagship products include CanChew®, a CBD-based controlled release chewing gum, and MedChew Rx, a combination CBD/THC gum that is undergoing clinical trials for the treatment of pain and spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis. We prioritize the well-being of our customers while embracing a solid fiscal strategy. For more information, please visit www.AXIMBiotech.com.
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