Gabapentin (brand name Neurontin) is a medication originally developed for the treatment of epilepsy. Presently, gabapentin is widely used to relieve pain, especially neuropathic pain.
Depomed, Inc. today announced that it has closed the acquisition of the U.S. rights to the NUCYNTA franchise from Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for $1.05 billion. The NUCYNTA franchise includes: NUCYNTA ER (tapentadol) extended release tablets indicated for the management of pain, including neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN), severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment; NUCYNTA (tapentadol), an immediate release version of tapentadol, for management of moderate to severe acute pain in adults; and NUCYNTA (tapentadol) oral solution, an approved oral form of tapentadol that has not been launched.
Today at the 93rd General Session and Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research, researcher M.J. Al-Musawi, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, will present a study titled "In Vitro Effects of Topical Neuromodulatory Medication on Orofacial Tissue."
A systematic review and meta-analysis reveals that current treatments for neuropathic pain achieve only a moderate response in patients.
The drug perampanel (trade name Fycompa) has been approved since July 2012 as adjunctive ("add-on") therapy for adults and children aged 12 years and older with epileptic fits (seizures).
XenoPort, Inc. announced today that it has initiated a Phase 2 clinical trial of XP23829, its proprietary investigational next-generation fumaric acid product candidate. The trial is a multi-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study designed to assess the efficacy and safety of XP23829 as a potential treatment of patients with moderate-to-severe chronic plaque-type psoriasis.
A chronic syndrome called vulvodynia that affects from four to seven percent of women is being studied by physicians at The Women's Health Institute at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in hopes of alleviating sometimes excruciating pain.
XenoPort, Inc. announced today its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2013. Revenues for the fourth quarter were $2.9 million, compared to $0.5 million for the same period in 2012. Net loss for the fourth quarter was $19.1 million compared to net income of $3.0 million that resulted from a non-cash gain from XenoPort's litigation settlement with Glaxo Group Limited in the fourth quarter of 2012. At December 31, 2013, XenoPort had cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments of $58.7 million.
A report in the Feb. 13 New England Journal of Medicine confirms previous studies suggesting that long-term treatment with the type of drugs commonly prescribed to treat restless leg syndrome (RLS) can cause a serious worsening of the condition in some patients.
A new neuroscience study sheds light on the biological underpinnings of obesity. The in vivo study, published in the January 8 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, reveals how a protein in the brain helps regulate food intake and body weight. The findings reveal a potential new avenue for the treatment of obesity and may help explain why medications that are prescribed for epilepsy and other conditions that interfere with this protein, such as gabapentin and pregabalin, can cause weight gain.
Physicians at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have been investigating if established anti-epilepsy drugs have anti-inflammatory or pro-inflammatory properties - an effect for which these pharmaceutical agents are not usually tested.
Total revenues were $37.5 million and included recognition of a $5.0 million milestone payment from Mallinckrodt related to the NDA filing of MNK-795. Excluding this milestone and a $10 million upfront payment from Janssen in the third quarter of 2012, total revenues of $32.5 million grew 39% compared to $23.3 million for the third quarter of 2012.
The generic drug gabapentin, which is already widely prescribed for epilepsy and some kinds of pain, appears to be safe and effective in the treatment of alcohol dependence. The finding comes from a 150-patient randomized, placebo-controlled, double blind clinical trial conducted by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute.
Depomed, Inc. (NASDAQ: DEPO) announced today that the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for filing a New Drug Application (NDA) from Mallinckrodt (NYSE: MNK) for MNK-795.
Depomed, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a complete response letter to the New Drug Application for SEFELSA, Depomed's investigational, oral, twice daily formulation of gabapentin to treat moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms due to menopause.
XenoPort, Inc. announced today top-line results from its pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial of arbaclofen placarbil for the treatment of patients with spasticity due to multiple sclerosis.
Nearly 1 in 10 stroke patients suffer chronic and debilitating pain, typically described as sharp, stabbing or burning. It's called central poststroke pain syndrome (CPSP). It was first described more than 100 years ago, and it is treatable with medications and magnetic or electrical stimulation of the brain.
Peripheral neuropathic pain is caused by lesion or disease to the peripheral somatosensory nervous system. Nerve damage that can lead to peripheral neuropathic pain can happen as a result of a range of different diseases, medications or traumatic injuries.
Johns Hopkins researchers believe they may have discovered an explanation for the sleepless nights associated with restless legs syndrome (RLS), a symptom that persists even when the disruptive, overwhelming nocturnal urge to move the legs is treated successfully with medication.
Good news may be on the horizon for Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, and other women stricken with severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, thanks to the work of a University at Buffalo professor who is conducting research on a drug that is showing success treating pregnant women with this condition.
Cavalier King Charles with neuropathic pain induced by a condition characterized by a brain–skull size mismatch do not show significant improvement after nonsurgical treatment for the condition, indicate UK study results.