Epilepsy Treatment Receives FDA Approval for Use in Children

SEPTEMBER 28, 2018
The FDA has expanded the indication of the antiepileptic drug perampanel (FYCOMPA, Eisai) CIII for monotherapy and adjunctive use in pediatric patients aged 4 years and older for the treatment of partial-onset seizures (POS) with or without secondarily generalized seizures.

The approval includes both FYCOMPA tablet and oral suspension formulations.

“We are excited about the potential of FYCOMPA as an important tool to reduce the incidence of seizures among pediatric patients living with epilepsy. This milestone underscores our commitment to providing treatment options for children with epilepsy for whom there is still a significant unmet need,” said Lynn Kramer, MD, Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Medical Officer, Neurology Business Group, Eisai, in a prepared statement.

An estimated 470,000 children in the United States are living with epilepsy, according to Eisai. Up to 40% will not achieve seizure freedom with existing treatment and will struggle with uncontrolled seizures.

“Taking an AED as prescribed every day is a critical part of reaching the goal of seizure freedom for pediatric patients,” said Jesus Eric Piña-Garza, MD, pediatric neurologist, Tri-Star Medical Group Children's Specialists, in a prepared statement. “With FYCOMPA, children and their parents now have a once-daily dosing option with a long half-life that can fit into their increasingly busy lives.”

Some patients may also experience breakthrough seizures, which occur in individuals who have previously achieved reliable seizure control. Breakthrough seizures can be caused by any number of factors including illness and loss of sleep. Missed medication doses are the number 1 cause of breakthrough seizures.

FYCOMPA has a long half-life and in a pharmacokinetic study, it has been demonstrated that in the event of a missed dose, plasma levels remain relatively stable. The use of perampanel for the treatment of partial-onset seizures in adolescents and children aged 4 to <12 years with epilepsy is supported by efficacy extrapolated from three Phase 3 adequate and well-controlled studies of FYCOMPA in adult patients with POS. Safety was evaluated in 2 studies in pediatric patients 4 to <12 years of age with epilepsy, a total of 225 patients received FYCOMPA, with 110 patients exposed for at least 6 months, and 21 patients for at least 1 year.

Adverse reactions in pediatric patients 4 to <12 years of age were similar to those seen in patients 12 years of age and older. Final results of these studies supporting the FDA approval in pediatric patients 4 years and older will be presented at an upcoming medical meeting.

FYCOMPA was initially approved for adjunctive use in POS in 2012, and was later approved as adjunctive therapy for PGTC seizures in patients with epilepsy 12 years of age and older, and then as monotherapy for POS with or without secondarily generalized seizures in patients with epilepsy 12 years of age and older. To date, FYCOMPA is approved in 55 countries and has treated more than 200,000 patients worldwide across all indications.

Eisai Announces FDA Approval Of FYCOMPA® in Pediatric Patients As Young As 4 Years Old For The Treatment Of Partial-Onset Seizures [news release]. Woodcliff Lake, NJ; September 28, 2018: Eisai Inc. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/eisai-announces-fda-approval-of-fycompa-in-pediatric-patients-as-young-as-4-years-old-for-the-treatment-of-partial-onset-seizures-300721117.html. Accessed September 28, 2018.