Promising New Drug Developed by UCSD for I.C.

Promising New Drug Developed by UC San Diego Medical Center Reseacher
Provides Hope for Sufferers of Painful Bladder Syndrome

News Release
Date: August 19, 2008

For the millions of sufferers of a bladder condition called painful bladder syndrome/interstitial cystitis, hope is on the way, developed by urologic surgeon and researcher Lowell Parsons, M.D. of the University of California, San Diego Medical Center.

“What our team has identified is an experimental drug therapy that can provide pain relief to patients within 20 minutes,” said Parsons, professor of surgery at UC San Diego School of Medicine. “Depending on the individual, in my experience, one dose can last from 6 to 40 hours. The ability of the therapy to provide immediate relief is something entirely new for sufferers of interstitial cystitis.”

“Women who suffer from this condition may find themselves having to urinate ten or more times per day, usually have pain or symptom flares after sexual intercourse, and frequently have chronic pelvic pain,” said Parsons. “Fortunately, given the right diagnosis, it’s treatable.”

The drug therapy, with positive results in a recent Phase 2 study, is a combination of an anesthetic and heparin delivered directly into the bladder via a catheter. The anesthetic provides rapid pain relief while heparin restores the protective mucus layer of the bladder. More…