Erectile Dysfunction

Gene transfer therapy for erectile dysfunction is being studied

It’s in the early stages of development, but might replace drugs like Viagra (sildenafil) in coming years.

At the recent American Urology Association meeting Dr. Arnold Melman, from the Department of Urology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York reported the results in 11 men who received a transfer gene called hMaxi-K.

This was a “phase 1” safety study to see if there were obvious side effects and record any response to the doses used. At the higher doses, two volunteers reported a positive response and no adverse effects.

Dr. Melman thinks gene therapy might also be effective for over-active bladder.

To be continued.

12/4/06 11:37 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.