Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Study - peripheral artery disease

By MARY SHEDDEN | The Tampa Tribune

Published: June 22, 2009

Individuals living with foot and leg ulcers are being sought for a first-phase research study for a new medication.

The focus of the study, peripheral artery disease, is a circulatory condition that narrows arteries and, as a result, restricts blood flow. People with high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure are at high risk.

Of particular concern are persons at the stage called "critical limb ischemia," where the disease starts to starve body tissues of blood, creates ulcers and increases the risk of amputation.

Local researchers will be testing a new medication that might promote blood vessel growth. Qualified participants must be 50 years or older and diagnosed at the critical limb ischemia stage. Other criteria also apply.

This research is a phase-one study, the first of three lengthy rounds of research necessary for a drug to be considered by the Food and Drug Administration.

Recruitment for the study ends Friday. For more information about eligibility, call (888) 853-4656 or visit www.tamarisstudy.com.

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