GLEN ALLEN, Virginia, September 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Star Scientific, Inc. (NASDAQ: CIGX), has announced the expansion of shipping options for purchases of its dietary supplement, Anatabloc™. As the company indicated in an August 30 release on the product launch, Anatabloc™ contains the dietary ingredient anatabine citrate. Anatabine is an alkaloid that is found in a variety of plants in the Solinacea 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 includes thyroid dysfunction, arthritis and Alzheimer's disease.
On Friday, September 23, capacity for shipments to Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand was launched. Yesterday, Rock Creek initiated an international shipping process for the following countries around the globe: Italy, Belgium, Israel, Singapore, Ireland, France, Switzerland, Netherlands, South Africa, Argentina, Spain, Norway and Japan. The company indicated that it will continue to explore options for shipping to additional countries during the next quarter that will be based on consumer demand for Anatabloc™. As new countries are added, they will be included in the listing on the product website, which can be found at http://www.anatabloc.com, or by calling the customer center at 1-800-778-2031. Paul L. Perito, Rock Creek's Chairman and CEO, commented: "Although the Anatabloc introduction was less than a month ago, we nonetheless are very pleased with the number of website visitors and the global interest in our product."
The company also has announced the commencement of a clinical trial in Martinsburg, West Virginia examining the effect of Anatabloc™ on smoking and inflammation among approximately 100 smokers. That study is being conducted by the company's in-house research teams at Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals and Star Scientific, with oversight by Curtis Wright, IV, MD/MPH, Rock Creek Senior Vice President for Medical/Clinical Affairs. Maria Varga, MD, Senior Medical Director of Star Scientific, Inc. is the principal investigator. It is expected that the study will be completed during the fourth quarter.
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About Star Scientific
Star Scientific is a technology-oriented company with a mission to reduce the harm associated with tobacco at every level. It is engaged in the development of dissolvable smokeless tobacco products that deliver fewer carcinogenic toxins, principally through the utilization of the innovative StarCured® tobacco curing technology. Its subsidiary, Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is involved in the development of nutraceuticals as well as products to address neurological and mood disorders. Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals has scientific and research offices in Gloucester, MA, and a regulatory office in Washington, D.C. Star Scientific has a Corporate and Sales Office in Glen Allen, VA, an Executive, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs office in Bethesda, MD, and a manufacturing facility in Chase City, VA.
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Sara Troy Machir
Vice President, Communications & Investor Relations
SOURCE Star Scientific, Inc.