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Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Reports First Clinical Trial Showing Anatabloc Lowers Chronic Inflammation Measured by CRP Blood Levels in Humans

Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a subsidiary of Star Scientific, Inc. (NASDAQ: CIGX), has completed the first successful human clinical trial showing that Anatabloc™, the dietary supplement developed by Rock Creek to provide anti-inflammatory support, lowers C-reactive protein levels in subjects' blood. CRP is a molecule produced by the liver in response to an inflammatory signal, and is a marker for inflammation. The company is today reporting initial results from Phase 2 of the RCP-006 study titled "A Single Center, Single-Blind, Randomized, Crossover Pilot Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of Anatabloc™, a Dietary Supplement, in Reducing the Urge to Smoke in Daily Smokers, Followed by an Open-Label Extension Period." The trial consisted of 105 subjects, all of whom were smokers and 79% of whom were overweight or obese. Research increasingly links inflammation to a variety of diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, thyroiditis and diabetes, as well as cardiovascular disease.

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