Gastroenterology

Velusetrag improves diabetic, idiopathic gastroparesis

SAN DIEGO — Velusetrag, an oral, highly selective 5-hydroxytryptamine receptor 4 agonist, effectively reduced symptoms and gastric emptying in patients with diabetic or idiopathic gastroparesis, according to research presented at Digestive Disease Week.
Braden Kuo, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital, said that while prokinetic agents have shown to be helpful in patients with gastroparesis, many of the agents have cardiac side effects that are linked to neurologic issues, leaving long-term options for treatment limited.
“Velusetrag [Theravance Biopharma] is a potent and very

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