GLEN ALLEN, Va., Aug. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Star Scientific, Inc. (NASDAQ: CIGX) has announced that the company is pleased to initiate the launch today of Anatabloc™, a dietary supplement that is designed to support the immune system in maintaining healthy levels of inflammation. Anatabloc™, developed by the company's Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals subsidiary, is being launched via a dedicated website (www.anatabloc.com) where the product can be purchased. The product also can be purchased through a toll-free customer center (1-800-778-2031).
Anatabloc™ contains the dietary ingredient anatabine citrate. Anatabine is an alkaloid that is found in a variety of plants in the Solinaceae family including the tobacco plant as well as in eggplant, green peppers and green tomatoes. Anatabine citrate, combined with Vitamins A and D3, is believed to assist the body in maintaining anti-inflammatory support. Excess inflammation is linked with a variety of auto-immune conditions that include thyroid dysfunction and arthritis. A provisional patent application has been filed with the US Patent & Trademark Office for the Anatabloc™ product.
As the company noted in an earlier release, a human trial examining the role of Anatabloc™ in subjects who are at risk for excessive inflammation is currently being conducted (the FIint study). Another human trial, conducted by Rock Creek, will begin in late September, and the company expects that a third trial, to be overseen by researchers at the University of Pisa, will begin during the fourth quarter.
A group of Richmo