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Music Therapy Might One Day Help People With Epilepsy

Posted 9 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Aug. 9, 2015 – Music therapy might someday help people with epilepsy, a new study suggests. About 80 percent of epilepsy patients have temporal lobe epilepsy, in which seizures originate in the temporal lobe of the brain. Music is processed in the auditory cortex, located in the same region of the brain, which is why researchers from Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center wanted to study the connection. The study authors said that the brains of epilepsy patients appear to react to music differently from the brains of people without the disorder. "We believe that music could potentially be used as an intervention to help people with epilepsy," Christine Charyton, adjunct assistant professor and visiting assistant professor of neurology, said in an American Psychological Association (APA) news release. Charyton plans to present the research Sunday at the APA's annual ... Read more

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FDA Approves Spritam (levetiracetam) as the First 3D Printed Drug Product

Posted 4 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

BLUE ASH, Ohio, August 3, 2015 – Aprecia Pharmaceuticals Company today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Spritam (levetiracetam) for oral use as a prescription adjunctive therapy in the treatment of partial onset seizures, myoclonic seizures and primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in adults and children with epilepsy.1 Spritam utilizes Aprecia's proprietary ZipDose® Technology platform, a groundbreaking advance that uses three-dimensional printing (3DP) to produce a porous formulation that rapidly disintegrates with a sip of liquid.1 While 3DP has been used previously to manufacture medical devices, this approval marks the first time a drug product manufactured with this technology has been approved by the FDA. “By combining 3DP technology with a highly-prescribed epilepsy treatment,2 Spritam is designed to fill a need for patients who st ... Read more

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FDA Approves First Pill Made by 3D Printing

Posted 4 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2015 – The age of 3D printing has come to the drug industry, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approving the first pill made with the technology. The agency approved the prescription drug Spritam (levetiracetam) as a 3D-printed pill, to be taken with other medicines for seizures in certain children and adults with epilepsy. According to a news release from Ohio-based Aprecia Pharmaceuticals, the drug is made using a 3D printing method called ZipDose Technology, which produces a porous pill that rapidly disintegrates with a sip of liquid. 3D printing has already been used to make medical devices, but Spritam is the first 3D-printed drug to be approved for sale in the United States. It is expected to be available early next year. Experts say 3D printing of pills could usher in an era where drugs can be custom-ordered, based on specific patient needs, ... Read more

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Epilepsy Linked to Risks During Childbirth, Study Finds

Posted 6 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 6, 2015 – Pregnant women with epilepsy may have more than a higher risk of dying during delivery, a new study suggests. "Specifically, there were 80 deaths per 100,000 women with epilepsy versus six deaths per 100,000 in women without epilepsy," said lead researcher Sarah MacDonald, from the department of epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. However, although the so-called "relative risk" of death during delivery among women with epilepsy was high, it's still a rare occurrence, MacDonald stressed. The researchers also found that the risk of delivery complications was higher among women with epilepsy. "We also found that women with epilepsy were at increased risk for cesarean delivery, prolonged hospital stay, preeclampsia [pregnancy-related high blood pressure], preterm labor and stillbirth," she said. Although the study found a link between ... Read more

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FDA Approves Fycompa as Adjunctive Treatment for Primary Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizures

Posted 30 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

Tokyo, June 22, 2015 – Eisai Co., Ltd. announced today that its U.S. subsidiary Eisai Inc. has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an indication expansion regarding the use of its in-house developed antiepileptic agent Fycompa (perampanel hydrate) as an adjunctive treatment of primary generalized tonic-clonic (PGTC) seizures in patients with epilepsy 12 years of age and older. The FDA's decision to approve the indication expansion was based on a placebo-controlled clinical phase III study (Study 332) of Fycompa in 164 patients aged 12 years and older with PGTC seizures. In the study, a statistically significant reduction in PGTC seizure frequency was observed in the Fycompa group compared with placebo (Fycompa: -76.5%, placebo: -38.4%, p Read more

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Online Community Helps People Manage Epilepsy

Posted 17 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 – Being part of an online community may help people with epilepsy better manage their disease, a new study suggests. "Epilepsy is a complicated disease, and many people who live with it are not well informed about their condition and how to manage it. Formal, in-person education can be expensive and difficult to coordinate, especially when people live in rural areas. We wanted to see whether an online community could benefit people with epilepsy," study author Dr. John Hixson, of the University of California San Francisco and the San Francisco VA Medical Center, said in a news release from the journal Neurology. The research included almost 100 epilepsy patients who participated in an online forum called PatientsLikeMe. In the forum, people with epilepsy can share information and support. It also has digital tools for tracking seizures, symptoms and ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Potiga (ezogabine): Drug Safety Communication - FDA Determines 2013 Labeling Adequate to Manage Risks of Retinal Abnormalities, Potential Vision Loss, and Skin Discoloration

Posted 16 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Based on reviews of additional safety reports from patients treated with the anti-seizure drug Potiga (ezogabine), the FDA has determined that the potential risks of vision loss due to pigment changes in the retina and of skin discoloration can be adequately managed by following the current recommendations in the Potiga labeling. To further explore any potential long-term consequences of these pigment changes, FDA has required the Potiga manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, to conduct a long-term observational study. FDA review of additional safety reports does not indicate that the pigment changes in the retina observed in some patients affect vision. Skin discoloration associated with the use of Potiga appears to be a cosmetic effect and does not appear to be associated with more serious adverse effects. Therefore, a modification of the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) ... Read more

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FDA Approves Expanded Indication for Qudexy XR (Topiramate) for Pediatric Patients

Posted 3 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

Maple Grove, MN – June 1, 2015 – Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. (Upsher-Smith) announced that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of a supplemental new drug application (sNDA) for Qudexy XR (topiramate) extended-release capsules for use as initial monotherapy in patients two years of age and older who are experiencing partial-onset seizures (POS) or primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures. Qudexy XR capsules are the only once-daily extended-release topiramate product to have received this expanded indication and to be approved for administration by sprinkling their contents onto soft food, making them a useful option for young children who may have difficulty swallowing whole capsules or tablets. Qudexy XR is a once-daily, broad-spectrum antiepileptic drug specifically engineered to deliver a smooth pharmacokinetic profile. “The expanded indication give ... Read more

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Health Tip: Travel Safely in the Air

Posted 12 May 2015 by Drugs.com

-- A little preparation can help you stay healthy and safe when traveling by plane. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends: Packing all necessary medications in a carry-on bag. Talk to your doctor about whether you should change your medication regimen while traveling. Pack some extras, in case your trip is extended. If you have a chronic illness such as epilepsy or diabetes, carry an identification card with your doctor's contact information and a list of your medications. Drink non-alcoholic, no-caffeine beverages to avoid dehydration. If you tend to have ear pain, take a decongestant before you fly, or chew gum. Stretch calves frequently, and walk around when it is safe to do so. Read more

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High-Pitched Sounds May Trigger Seizures in Cats

Posted 28 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 – High-pitched sounds may trigger seizures in cats, particularly older felines, a new study says. Although many veterinarians are unaware of this connection, the louder the sound, the more severe the seizure, British researchers contend. Cat owners around the world were surveyed by scientists at University College London's School of Pharmacy, to find out if their pets had seizures or involuntary jerking motions in response to certain sounds. The researchers found hundreds of people noticed this behavior in their cats. They also found local vets had no answers for why cats reacted this way. The researchers compiled detailed information on 96 cats, including the type of seizures they had, how long they lasted, and the sound that seemed to trigger the reaction. The study, published April 27 in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, found some cats do seemingly ... Read more

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Medical Groups Issue Guidelines for Treating First Seizure

Posted 20 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 20, 2015 – One in 10 people worldwide will have a seizure in his or her lifetime, experts say. Now, two medical groups have issued a new guideline on how to treat them. The decision to treat a patient after a first seizure is complex because doctors must weigh the risks and benefits on an individual basis, according to the American Academy of Neurology and the American Epilepsy Society. After a review of all available evidence, the two organizations concluded that taking epilepsy drugs immediately after a first seizure may reduce the risk of more seizures. The guideline, published in the April 21 issue of the journal Neurology, will be presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, in Washington, D.C. "This is a valuable new guideline that could change the approach many doctors take to treating a first seizure and could improve patients' ... Read more

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Liquid Medical Marijuana Shows Promise Against Severe Epilepsy

Posted 13 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 13, 2015 – A liquid form of medical marijuana may help people with severe epilepsy that does not respond to other treatments, according to a new report. The study included 213 child and adult patients with 12 different types of severe epilepsy. Some of them had Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, which are types of epilepsy that can cause intellectual disability and lifelong seizures. The patients took a liquid form of medical marijuana, called cannabidiol, daily for 12 weeks. Among the 137 people who completed the study, the number of seizures fell by an average of 54 percent, according to a team led by Dr. Orrin Devinsky, of New York University Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center in New York City. Among the 23 patients with Dravet syndrome who completed the study, the number of convulsive seizures fell by 53 percent, the investigators found. The 11 patients ... Read more

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Too Few Kids With Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy Get Flu Shot: Study

Posted 10 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 10, 2015 – Children with neurological disorders such as epilepsy or cerebral palsy are at increased risk for complications from the flu, but are no more likely to receive a flu shot than other kids are, a new U.S. study shows. It's possible that many doctors don't know that some of these disorders put children at increased risk for flu-related complications, the researchers said. "Our research shows that influenza vaccination in children with [neurological disorders] is comparable to vaccination in healthy children – but both rates are suboptimal," study author Dr. Michael Smith, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the University of Louisville, said in a university news release. "More education about the need for annual influenza vaccination is needed, both for parents and health care providers," he added. The researchers conducted a nationwide survey of more ... Read more

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SPARC Announces FDA Approval of Elepsia XR (levetiracetam) Extended-Release Tablets

Posted 4 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

March 04, 2015, Mumbai: Sun Pharma Advanced Research Company Ltd. (SPARC) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its New Drug Application (NDA) for Elepsia XR (Levetiracetam extended-release tablets 1000 mg and 1500 mg). Elepsia XR is indicated for adjunctive therapy in the treatment of partial onset seizures in patients 12 years of age and older with epilepsy. “Levetiracetam is a very successful and highly effective antiepileptic drug but more than 80% of epilepsy patients require Levetiracetam in does in range of 1000mg to 3000mg resulting in a significant pill burden. Approval of Elepsia XR as 1000mg and 1500mg once a day tablets will be very useful for these patients and physicians.” said Anil Raghavan, Chief Executive Officer of SPARC. The product will be manufactured by Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd at its Halol (Gujarat) facility in Ind ... Read more

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Epilepsy Surgery Gets High Marks From Patients in Survey

Posted 26 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 – More than nine in 10 epilepsy patients who had brain surgery to try to control their seizures are happy they did so, a new survey reveals. The review appears to be driven by the fact that patients saw the number of debilitating seizures they experienced after surgery either drop significantly or disappear altogether, the researchers noted. "One percent of the U.S. population has epilepsy, and among that group there are about 750,000 patients with recurring seizures that are not well-controlled," said study co-author Dr. Marianna Spanaki-Varelas, director of the Henry Ford Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. "Of those, 30 to 35 percent are [surgical] candidates because they do not respond to the roughly 15 appropriate epilepsy drugs that we have." A great majority of those who have surgery say it was worthwhile because many remain ... Read more

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