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Oral calcitonin study initiated


US- and Swiss-based biopharmaceutical company Unigene Laboratories has initiated a phase I/II clinical study in the USA with its proprietary formulation of oral calcitonin for the treatment of osteoporosis.

Twenty-four healthy postmenopausal women have been enrolled in the study, which will measure the effect of the drug on a well-established biochemical marker.

The dosing is scheduled to be completed by the end of February.

Executive vice-president Dr Ronald Levy said the tablets being tested in the study utilised the same improved solid dosage form of Unigene’s Enteripep® oral delivery technology, used in Unigene’s prior oral calcitonin study completed last autumn.

In that study, the new dosage form achieved a biological response in 100% of the study subjects.


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