Manchester, England, 4 September 2018–Phagenesis Ltd, a pioneering leader in the treatment of dysphagia, is pleased to announce today the publication of its most recent randomised controlled trial (PHAST-TRAC) in the journal Lancet Neurology read more.
Reinhard Krickl, CEO of Phagenesis, said: “The publication of the excellent PHAST-TRAC results in such a well-positioned peer-reviewed journal is a big achievement for Phagenesis. It emphasises the high clinical relevance of the benefits of Phagenyx treatment as demonstrated in the trial, addressing a genuine unmet medical need.”
Around 12.5% of all stroke patients admitted to hospitals undergo mechanical ventilation and 16.3% of themreceive a tracheostomy.1 Safe removal of the tracheostomy cannula is a major goal in the rehabilitation of tracheostomised patients to reduce the risk of respiratory complications, death and duration of hospitalisation.1-3 However, swallowing problems substantially delay the removal of the tube after breathing has stabilised.2,4-5
Oern Stuge, MD, Chairman of Phagenesis, stated: “These patients don’t have access to an efficienttreatment that addresses the underlying neurological cause of dysphagia. With the company’s technology, we can help many patients by improving their outcomes whilst reducing the risks and costs that come with this condition.”
The PHAST-TRAC results confirm that tracheostomised stroke patients with swallowing problems can benefit from treatment with Pharyngeal Electrical Stimulation (PES), a novel therapy based on ground-breaking research. Tracheostomy decannulation (removal of cannula) was achieved safely in 49% of patients from the PES group vs 9% in the control groupMoreover, patients who responded to PES treatment had an average reduction in hospital length of stay of 22 days.6
“In addition to these obvious benefits, we are pleased to observe in PHAST-TRAC no serious adverse events related to the PES treatment. Thus, PES represents a real treatment option for these critically ill patients”, reports the principal investigator of PHAST-TRAC, Prof. Rainer Dziewas from the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Münster.
The Phagenyx®system developed by Phagenesis, is an innovative medical device that uses PES to restore the neurological control of swallowing in patients with post-stroke dysphagia. By completing this key clinical study in Europe, Phagenesis has reached the first milestone in its staged acquisition agreement with Nestlé Health Science (NHSc).
Greg Behar, CEO of Nestlé Health Science, commented: “NHSc’s collaboration with Phagenesis enabled the clinical development and availability of Phagenyx for swallowing rehabilitation. The completion of the PHAST-TRAC trial is a great advancement in dysphagia management. Phagenyx treatment facilitates a faster and safer swallowing recovery for patients, while also considerably reducing hospital costs.”
* Phagenyx® is CE marked in Europe. In the United States, Phagenyx® is currently not available for sales.
Phagenyx® is an innovative product using pharyngeal electrical stimulation (PES) that delivers a train of electrical stimuli, optimised for each patient, to the patient’s throat (oropharynx). A result of more that 20 years of research, the treatment restores the neurological control of swallowingby ‘kick-starting’ the re-organisation of the brain.
Phagenesis® was formed in 2007 to translate the research of Prof. Hamdy from the University of Manchester, UK, into a non-invasive technology for standard clinical practice in hospitals. It has developedthe only treatmentfor neurogenic dysphagia that treats the cause of dysphagia using PES. More information: www.phagenesis.com.
About Nestlé Health Science
Nestlé Health Science, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nestlé headquartered in Epalinges, Switzerland, is a health-science company engaged in advancing the role of nutritional therapy to change the course of health for consumers, patients and partners in healthcare. More information: www.nestlehealthscience.com.
Glossary of terms
Dysphagia = difficulty in swallowing
Neurogenic (neurological oropharyngeal) dysphagia = dysphagia caused by neurological conditions (e.g.stroke)
Tracheostomised = patients where a tracheotomy was performed
Tracheostomy = opening in the trachea done through an incision in the windpipe (tracheotomy) to relieve an obstruction to breathing
Tracheostomy cannula = a tube that is inserted in the opening of the trachea so that the hole is unable to close
PHAST-TRAC = PHAryngeal electrical STimulation for early decannulation in TRACheotomised patients with neurogenic dysphagia after stroke (PHAST-TRAC): a prospective, single-blinded, randomised trial
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6.Dziewas R. et al. Lancet Neurol 2018; Published Online August 28, 2018.
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