Patients in Wales are the first in the world to test new drug for type 1 diabetes

Patients in Wales are the first in the world to test new drug for type 1 diabetes

Patients in Wales have become the first in the world to test a drug which could prevent and treat type 1 diabetes.

The unnamed drug, which is being used as part of an early phase clinical trial, has been shown to “regenerate” insulin-making cells of the pancreas which are lost in patients living with the disease. If it proves successful, people with type 1 diabetes could become far less dependent on insulin injections.

The Clinical Research Facility (CRF) at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff has already given two patients doses of the new investigational drug and will soon analyse the results. So far the drug appears to have had no major side-effects, but it is too early to say if it has been effective.

Dr Mohammad Alhadj Ali, who is the sub investigator working on the study in Cardiff, said the treatment will offer “new hope” to patients.

 

Read more of this article on the Wales Online website.

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