Vimpat approved for partial-onset seizures

The FDA has approved Vimpat (lacosamide, from UCB) as an adjunct treatment for adults with partial-onset seizures. In three clinical trials involving 1,300 patients, Vimpat-treated patients reduced their number of seizures by half, reduced their seizure frequency, and improved their seizure freedom rates as compared to placebo.

Vimpat will be designated a controlled substance and is expected to be available in early 2009 in tablet and IV infusion formulations.

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