Zynerba Pharmaceuticals’ Cannabis-Based Epilepsy Gel Fails Study

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Zynerba Pharmaceuticals' Cannabis-Based Epilepsy Gel Fails Study

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Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Monday its synthetic cannabis-based gel to treat epilepsy failed a mid-stage study, sending the U.S. drug developer’s shares plunging 50 percent.

In the study, two doses of Zynerba’s gel — also its lead experimental drug — were tested in adults suffering from epilepsy with partial seizures, those that occur when epileptic activity takes part in a localized part of the brain.

Neither dose induced a statistically significant improvement in seizure frequency, when compared to a placebo.

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