There is good news this month in the battle to fight alcohol abuse disorders.
Researchers from Queensland University of Technology have identified a new treatment that could be ready for human clinical trials shortly. This treatment innovation is an FDA–approved beta blocker called pindolol.
Pindolol More Effective Than Current Drugs for Treating Alcohol Abuse
Pindolol is already an approved treatment for high blood pressure and angina. Now, data from a study published in Addiction Biology, the Journal of the Society for the Study of Addiction, has shown that the drug can reduce ethanol/alcohol intake in animal models—similar to binge drinking in humans. Binge drinking is a significant indicator of human alcohol dependence.
“Drugs currently used for AUDs (alcohol use disorders)—acamprosate, naltrexone and disulfiram—have limited success—so this is a ground-breaking development with enormous potential,” said Professor Selena Bartlett, who is based at the Translational Research Institute at QUT’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation.
On the Fast Track to Approval
According to researcher Omkar Patkar, the preclinical study was the first step in putting pindolol on the fast track for human clinical trials and eventual approval as a drug treatment for AUDs.
“More research is required,” said Patkar, “but we believe the results from our study show that pindolol represents a novel, safe and ready-to-test treatment therapy option for managing alcohol dependence in humans.”
New AUD Drug Has the Potential to Save Lives
Study authors cite the fact that 3.8% of deaths worldwide are alcohol related. According to World Health Organization estimates, this amounts to 2.5 million people who die annually as a result of alcohol use. When added to the millions more who are injured or fall ill each year due to alcohol consumption, it isn’t hard to understand the enormous lifesaving potential of such a new drug treatment.
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