HATFIELD, England, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
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Fycompa® (perampanel), the first in an entirely new class of treatment for partial onset seizures (the most common form of epilepsy), launches today in the Netherlands. The new therapy is indicated for the adjunctive treatment of partial-onset seizures, with or without secondarily generalised seizures, in patients with epilepsy aged 12 years and older.
Perampanel is the only licensed anti-epileptic drug (AED) to selectively target AMPA receptors, a protein in the brain which plays a critical role in the spread of seizures. This mechanism of action is different to other, currently available AEDs. In addition, perampanel has the added benefit of convenient, once-daily dosing at bedtime and, significantly, is the only new-generation partial epilepsy treatment approved to treat adolescents with epilepsy from launch.
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological conditions in the world. In the Netherlands, there are 80.000 people with epilepsy. It affects more than 50 million people worldwide and six million in Europe. The successful treatment of partial-onset seizures remains a significant challenge in some patients and the incidence of uncontrolled partial epilepsy remains high despite many AEDs. Currently, between 20-40% of patients with newly diagnosed epilepsy will become refractory to treatment.
"Nearly a third of people with partial epilepsy continue to experience seizures despite the treatment options currently available," commented Professor Ley Sander, Director of research and development, Stichting Epilepsie Instellingen Nederlands. "New treatment options such as perampanel are welcomed by both doctors and people with epilepsy in the Netherlands. In addition, it has the added benefit of once daily dosing, which may optimise adherence in patients already receiving therapy."
Perampanel's reimbursement approval in the Netherlands is based on three randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled and dose-escalated global pivotal Phase III studies (304, 305, 306) and an open-label extension study (307). The three global pivotal studies show consistent results in the efficacy and tolerability of perampanel as an adjunctive therapy in people with partial onset seizures, with or without secondary generalisation.,, The most commonly reported adverse events were dizziness, somnolence, fatigue, headache, falls, irritability and ataxia.,, Results from the open-label extension study also demonstrate perampanel's efficacy and favorable tolerability profile over the longer term.
"We are delighted to announce the launch of perampanel in the Netherlands. As an emerging leader in the field of epilepsy, Eisai is committed to developing innovative therapies to meet the unmet needs of people with epilepsy who need alternative treatment options to help them achieve seizure control," commented Dr. Gerard Vermeulen, Medical Director, Eisai BV.
Discovered and developed by Eisai in Europe and Japan, perampanel is manufactured in the UK and was approved by the European Commission on 23 July 2012.
The launch of perampanel in the Netherlands underscores Eisai's human health care (hhc) mission, the company's commitment to innovative solutions in disease prevention, cure and care for the health and wellbeing of people worldwide.
Notes to Editors
Fycompa is indicated for the adjunctive treatment of partial-onset seizures, with or without secondarily generalised seizures, in patients with epilepsy aged 12 years and older.
Perampanel is a highly selective, non-competitive AMPA (alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid)-type glutamate receptor antagonist that has demonstrated seizure reduction in Phase II and III studies. AMPA receptors, widely present in almost all excitatory neurons, transmit signals stimulated by the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate within the brain and are believed to play a role in central nervous system diseases characterised by excess neuroexcitatory signalling including epilepsy.
For more information please visit: http://www.fycompa.eu
About the Perampanel Pooled Data (Study 306, 305 and 304),,,
The pooled Phase III data analysed the efficacy of once-daily perampanel in reducing partial onset seizures, the most common form of epilepsy, and its effectiveness and flexibility of use as add-on therapy. Efficacy end points for studies 304, 305, and 306 were pooled according to randomised treatment: placebo, perampanel 2, 4, 8 or 12mg. The full ITT (intention-to-treat) analysis set included 1,478 patients from studies 304 (n=387), 306 (n=386) and 306 (n=705).
Median reductions in partial seizure frequency were greater with perampanel 4 mg (-23.3%), 8 mg (-28.8%), and 12 mg (-27.2%) than placebo (-12.8%; p
50% responder rates were greater with perampanel 4 mg (28.5%), 8 mg (35.3%), and 12 mg (35.0%) than placebo (19.3%; p
Results from the analysis of pooled data from the perampanel pivotal Phase III clinical trial programme endorse the efficacy and safety of the new AED at clinically relevant doses. In addition, the results show that perampanel decreased the frequency of both complex partial seizures and secondarily generalised seizures. Patients with uncontrolled partial onset seizures taking any of the four most commonly-used AEDs with perampanel as an add-on therapy experienced a reduction in their seizure frequency. Patients generally received additional benefit from increased doses of perampanel.
Perampanel was generally well tolerated; most adverse events were mild/moderate.
The 307 study (n=1,218) was designed to evaluate safety, tolerability, and seizure outcome data during long-term treatment with once-daily adjunctive perampanel (up to 12 mg/day) in people with refractory partialonset seizures. It was an open-label extension (OLE) study for people completing the double-blind phase of three pivotal Phase III trials (studies 304, 305, and 306).
The study consisted of two phases: an open-label treatment phase (including a 16-week conversion period and a planned 256-week maintenance period) and a 4-week follow-up phase. People were blindly titrated during the Conversion Period to their individual maximum tolerated dose (maximum 12 mg/day). Adverse events (AEs) were monitored throughout the study and seizure frequency recorded. The interim data cut-off date for analyses was 1 December 1 2010.
At the interim cut-off date, 1186 patients were in the safety analysis set; 1089 (91.8%) patients had >16 weeks' exposure to perampanel, 580 (48.9%) patients had >1 year of exposure, and 19 (1.6%) patients had >2 years' exposure. At the interim analysis, 840 (70.8%) patients remained on perampanel treatment. The large majority of patients (n=1084 [91%]) were titrated to 10 mg or 12 mg/day. Median (range) duration of exposure was 51.4 (1.1-128.1) weeks.
In the ITT analysis set (n=1207), the frequency of all seizures decreased over the first 26 weeks of perampanel treatment in patients with at least 26 weeks' exposure to perampanel (n=1006 [83.3%]); this reduction was maintained in patients with at least one year of exposure (n=588 [48.7%]). The overall median percent changes in seizure frequency in patients included in each 13-week interval of perampanel treatment were -39.2% for weeks 13-26 (n=1114), -46.5% for weeks 40-52 (n=731), and -58.1% for weeks 92-104 (n=59). Overall responder rates in patients included in each 13-week interval of perampanel treatment were 41.4% for weeks 13-26 (n=1114), 46.9% for weeks 40-52 (n=731) and -62.7% for weeks 92-104 n=59). During the blinded conversion period, the reduction in seizure frequency in patients previously randomised to placebo (-42.4%, n=369) was similar to that in patients previously randomised to perampanel (-41.5%, n=817).
Treatment-emergent AEs were reported in 87.4% of patients. The most frequent were dizziness (43.9%), somnolence (20.2%), headache (16.7%), and fatigue (12.1%). Serious AEs were reported in 13.2% of patients.
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological conditions in the world, affecting approximately eight in 1,000 people in Europe, and an estimated 50 million people worldwide., Epilepsy is a chronic disorder of the brain that affects people of all ages. It is characterised by abnormal discharges of neuronal activity causing seizures. Seizures can vary in severity, from brief lapses of attention or jerking of muscles, to severe and prolonged convulsions. Depending on the seizure type, seizures may be limited to one part of the body, or may involve the whole body. Seizures can also vary in frequency from less than one per year, to several per day. Epilepsy has many possible causes but often the cause is unknown.
About Eisai EMEA in Epilepsy
Eisai is committed to developing and delivering highly beneficial new treatments to help improve the lives of people with epilepsy. The development of AEDs is a major strategic area for Eisai in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Russia and Oceania (EMEA).
In the EMEA region, Eisai currently has four marketed treatments including:
- Zonegran® (zonisamide) as monotherapy in the treatment of partial seizures, with or without secondary generalisation, in adults with newly diagnosed epilepsy and as adjunctive therapy in the treatment of partial seizures, with or without generalisation, in adults, adolescents and children aged six years and above. (Zonegran is under license from the originator Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma)
- Zebinix® (eslicarbazepine acetate) as adjunctive therapy in adult patients with partial onset seizures, with or without secondary generalisation. (Zebinix is under license from BIAL) Zebinix is not marketed in the Netherlands.
- Inovelon® (rufinamide) for the adjunctive treatment of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome in patients >4 years (Rufinamide was originally developed by Novartis)
- Fycompa® (perampanel) for use as an adjunctive treatment for partial onset seizures, with or without secondarily generalised seizures, in patients with epilepsy aged 12 years and older
Eisai is one of the world's leading research and development (R&D) based pharmaceutical companies and we define our corporate mission as "giving first thought to patients and their families and to increasing the benefits health care provides," which we call human health care (hhc).
Eisai concentrates its R&D activities in three key areas:
- Neuroscience, including: Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, pain and weight loss
- Oncology including: anticancer therapies; tumour regression, tumour suppression, antibodies, etc.
- Vascular/Immunological reaction including: thrombocytopenia, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease
With operations in the U.S., Asia, Europe and its domestic home market of Japan, Eisai employs more than 10,000 people worldwide. From its EMEA Knowledge Centre in Hatfield, UK, Eisai has recently expanded its business operations to include Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Russia and Oceania (EMEA). Eisai EMEA has sales and marketing operations in over 20 markets, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Ireland, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Russia and the Middle East.
For further information please visit our web site http://www.eisai.co.uk
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Date of preparation: May 2014
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