Oct 3 Spectral Medical Inc said its
experimental treatment for sepsis - a common, oft-deadly
complication of infection - failed a late-stage study, stymieing
the company's plans to bring to market the first FDA-approved
device for the condition.
Sepsis occurs when the immune system goes into overdrive to
fight infection or bacterial toxins, triggering a cascade of
physiological changes that can lead to multiple organ failure
and even death.
Toronto-based Spectral Medical holds North American rights
to a system developed by Japan's Toray Industries Inc,
designed to restore blood pressure and correct organ dysfunction
by using an antibiotic to detoxify the blood.
Once the patient's blood has been extracted it is passed
through a column to remove a type of toxin, called an endotoxin,
which is believed to be a major trigger for sepsis.
The trial did not meet the main goal of absolute reduction
in mortality rate at 28 days, Spectral said on Monday.
(Reporting by Natalie Grover in Bengaluru)