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2022 Aug 11

Adv Ther

New Perspectives on Micronised Purified Flavonoid Fraction in Chronic Venous Disease: From Microvalves to Clinical Effectiveness.


The importance of chronic venous disease (CVD), as a cause of reduced quality of life and increased costs to healthcare systems, is expected to rise in parallel with population aging and the increasing prevalence of obesity. Venoactive drugs (VADs) are frequently used to treat the symptoms and signs of CVD. The most commonly used and widely studied VAD, micronised purified flavonoid fraction (MPFF), is effective at all stages of CVD, and has been shown to significantly reduce leg pain, leg heaviness and swelling, as well as ankle oedema and functional discomfort, in clinical trials. Recently, experiments employing animal models of CVD have demonstrated that MPFF has anti-inflammatory and venotonic effects at the microvalve level, and a pilot clinical study in patients with CVD has provided support for these findings. Collectively, these results suggest that early initiation of MPFF treatment may have the potential to favourably alter the clinical course of the disease, although further clinical data are required to confirm these findings. International guidelines on CVD management strongly recommend MPFF to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. Studies are now needed to investigate the impact of long-term treatment on disease progression.