Eisai receives FDA approval for Fycompa to treat partial onset seizures

Published on October 23, 2012 at 2:17 AM · No Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Fycompa (perampanel) tablets to treat partial onset seizures in patients with epilepsy ages 12 years and older.

Partial seizures are the most common type of seizure seen in people with epilepsy. Epilepsy is a brain disorder in which there is abnormal or excessive activity of nerve cells in the brain. Partial seizures affect only a limited or localized area of the brain, but can spread to other parts of the brain. Seizures cause a wide range of symptoms, including repetitive limb movements (spasms), unusual behavior, and generalized convulsions with loss of consciousness.  

"Some people with epilepsy do not achieve satisfactory seizure control from treatments they are currently using," said Russell Katz, M.D., director of the Division of Neurology Products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "It is important to have a variety of treatment options available for patients with epilepsy."

Results from three clinical trials showed improvement in seizure control in patients taking Fycompa compared with those taking an inactive pill (placebo). 

The most common adverse reactions reported by patients receiving Fycompa in clinical trials include: dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, irritability, falls, upper respiratory tract infection, weight increase, vertigo, loss of muscle coordination (ataxia), gait disturbance, balance disorder, anxiety, blurred vision, stuttering (dysarthria), weakness (asthenia), aggression, and excessive sleep (hypersomnia).

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