Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology
Gastrointestinal Tract - Original Article

Symptomatic response to GERDOFF® in patients with gastro-esophageal reflux disease and poor response to alginates: an exploratory, post-market, open-label study

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Department of Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy, University of Modena, Modena, Italy

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Department of Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy, Hospital of Cernusco sul Naviglio, Milan, Italy

Turk J Gastroenterol 2020; 31: 466-473
DOI: 10.5152/tjg.2020.19327
Read: 114 Downloads: 65 Published: 30 April 2020

Background/Aims: A novel medical device based on hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulphate plus aluminum hydroxide (GERDOFF®, melt-in-mouth tablets) showed efficacy in reducing GER-related symptoms. This exploratory, open-label study evaluated symptomatic effects of a 14-day treatment with GERDOFF® in GERD patients.

Materials and Methods: GERD Impact Scale (GIS) questionnaire was filled at baseline visit, after 7 and 14 days of treatment; patients’ Global Satisfaction was evaluated at the final visit. Primary endpoint was the reduction of heartburn episodes per week; secondary endpoints were GERD-related symptoms, patients’ satisfaction, and safety.

Results: Forty patients were included, 22 were on stable therapy with proton pump inhibitor (PPI). Compared to baseline, the days with heartburn episodes and the GIS score progressively decreased during the first (p<0.0001) and the second week of treatment (p<0.0001). Heartburn episodes per week (p<0.0001) and the GIS score (p<0.0001) decreased in the first and the last 7 days of 14-day treatment and did not differ between patients on and off PPI. The treatment was safe and well-tolerated, and it was rated as very good (46.2%) or good (43.6%) on the satisfaction questionnaire.

Conclusion: GERDOFF® could effectively treat GER symptoms in patients not responding to PPI or alginate-based formulation. ISRCTN_15143752.

Cite this article as: Boarino V, Raguzzi I, Marocchi M, Merighi A. Symptomatic response to GERDOFF® in patients with gastro-esophageal reflux disease and poor response to alginates: an exploratory, post-market, open-label study. Turk J Gastroenterol 2020; 31(6): 466-73.

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