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IGC Pharma Releases Positive Interim Analysis Of Its Ongoing Phase 2 Trial In Alzheimer’s Research


By: Faith Ashmore

Benzinga Staff Writer

As of 2023,, the estimated number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease was 6.7 million. However, a lesser-known subsection of Alzheimer’s is Agitation in dementia from Alzheimer’s Disease (AAD). Recent research suggests that up to 76% of individuals with Alzheimer’s also suffer from AAD. AAD is known to contribute to accelerated cognitive decline, increased burden on caregivers, higher rates of hospitalization and a greater need for medication – which collectively significantly diminish patients’ quality of life. 

Unfortunately, existing therapies for AAD carry black-box warnings, indicating the potential for serious adverse reactions that can result in death or serious injury. AAD has been associated with neuroinflammation, neurotransmitter imbalance and CB1 receptor dysfunctions. Research has also shown that AAD correlates with an upregulation of the inflammasome-3 and can contribute to neuroinflammation, ultimately leading to aggressive behavior. 

IGC Pharma is looking to provide treatment for millions of Americans struggling with ADD; its current drug, IGC-AD1, has been specifically designed to target the underlying causes of AAD and aims to fill the gap for a safe and effective therapy. 

Promising Clinical Studies For IGC-AD1

IGC-AD1 is undergoing extensive clinical trials to evaluate its effectiveness and safety in treating Alzheimer’s disease. The phase two clinical trial, begun in 2023, encompasses 20 sites across the United States and Canada. With a target of 146 participants, this trial focuses on determining the efficacy of IGC-AD1 in alleviating agitation, a common symptom experienced by many Alzheimer’s patients. 

The company has just announced the results of an interim analysis of its ongoing phase 2 trial. The main objective of the study is to evaluate the change in AAD over six weeks, utilizing the Cohen Mansfield Agitation Inventory (CMAI). The study showed that patients who were given IGC-AD1 had a more significant reduction in agitation levels compared to those who were given a placebo, with positive effects being observed as early as week two of the trial. 

At the six-week mark, the difference in agitation levels between the IGC-AD1 group and the placebo group was quite noticeable, with an effect size of 0.66 according to Cohen’s d measure. The mean difference in the CMAI scores between the active treatment and placebo was -10.45, which indicates a meaningful contrast. Additionally, at the two-week mark, a secondary evaluation showed a positive effect size of 0.79 for IGC-AD1 compared to the placebo. 

“We are excited with the positive interim results from the Phase 2 trial of IGC-AD1 for agitation in dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease. IGC-AD1’s interim results demonstrate a clinical and statistically significant reduction in agitation compared to placebo, suggesting a strong plausibility to address a substantial unmet medical need. This interim data validates IGC-AD1’s potential as a transformative therapeutic option with a large market opportunity in Alzheimer’s disease management,” said Ram Mukunda, CEO of IGC Pharma.

“We are actively pursuing next steps, including with regulators, and remain committed to advancing IGC-AD1 toward commercialization. We foresee a medication that can help alleviate caregiver burden and family distress as managing Alzheimer’s patients, especially ones with agitation, can have a significant emotional toll on families. With IGC-AD1’s promising clinical profile, we are confident in its ability, subject to further trials, to improve patient outcomes and drive shareholder value,” he added.

In 2023, Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia were projected to cost the U.S. $345 billion. By 2050, these costs could rise to nearly $1 trillion. IGC-AD1 offers a glimmer of hope for the millions of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as their families.

Ashmore, F. (2024, April 2) IGC Pharma Releases Positive Interim Analysis Of Its Ongoing Phase 2 Trial In Alzheimer’s Research Benzinga. https://www.benzinga.com/general/biotech/24/04/38043559/igc-pharma-releases-positive-interim-analysis-of-its-ongoing-phase-2-trial-in-alzheimers-research NYSE American: IGC) – Benzinga

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