Friday, August 21, 2009

FDA: Lundbeck's Sabril (Vigabatrin) and Infantile Spasms

From a press release by the FDA:

Sabril Approved by FDA to Treat Spasms in Infants and Epileptic Seizures

Sabril (vigabatrin) Oral Solution has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat infantile spasms in children ages 1 month to 2 years. Sabril is the first drug in the United States approved to treat the disorder, characterized by a severe type of seizure that usually appears in the first year of life, typically between ages 4 months and 8 months. The disorder can be debilitating because of the frequency of difficult-to-control daily seizures.

Sabril (vigabatrin) Tablets have been approved for adult use in combination with other medications to treat complex partial seizures that have not responded adequately to previous drug therapies.

“Seizures can cause impaired nervous system function and reduced quality of life,” said Russell Katz, M.D., director of the Division of Neurology Products at the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Infantile spasms in children this young are very serious and this approval provides these patients and their parents a treatment option.”

Read the full press release

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