BANGOR, Maine — Acadia Clinical Research, a Bangor-based pharmaceutical research clinic, is seeking new volunteers for The KODIAC program of studies, which is looking to determine whether an investigational medication called NKTR-118 can treat opioid-induced constipation in people taking opioid pain medications â€“ such as morphine – for any pain that is not related to cancer.
â€śOpioid-induced constipation is a very common and unpleasant side-effect experienced by patients who take prescription pain medicinesâ€ť, explains Gail Baillargeon, founder of Acadia Clinical Research in Bangor. â€śAstraZeneca, the pharmaceutical company leading this research, has awarded Acadia Clinical Research with their Phase III clinical trial to examine whether their new investigational drug NKTR-118 is effective for patients suffering from this condition.â€ť
The study will run for 52 weeks, and participants have a 2:1 chance of receiving the medication (one group receives the medication, and other receives a placebo along with non-investigational medication). Participants will receive the treatment at no cost, and are asked to make ten visits to Acadia Clinical Research during the study, as well as keep a journal.
Acadia is accepting participants based on the following criteria:
â€˘ Participant must be between 18 and 84 years of age
â€˘ Participant must be taking at least one prescription opioid
â€˘ Participant must experience symptoms such as:
1. fewer than three bowel movements per week
2. hard/lumpy stools
4. sensation of incomplete bowel movement.
Interested volunteers who fit the study criteria listed above should contact Gail or Deb at (207) 941-9965, or visit www.acadiaclinical.com for more information.
About Acadia Clinical Research: Established in 2004, Acadia Clinical Research conducts pharmaceutical research with local physicians. The patientsâ€™ rights and safety are protected at all times. Participantsâ€™ safety is the number one priority of all studies. The Acadia staff boasts more than forty years of clinical research experience, and is widely acknowledged as knowledgeable, detail-oriented, and conscientious in the clinical research field. Acadiaâ€™s staff takes pride in their compassionate and caring demeanor, which gives them the ability to provide their participants with outstanding care. For more information, visit www.acadiaclinical.com.
Contact Name: Gail Baillargeon
Telephone Number: (207)941-9965