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Inventor of Newly Available Vimpat(R) (lacosamide) C-V Meets a Woman Who Experienced Greater Seizure Control With Use of This New Antiepileptic Drug
Date:5/26/2009

ATLANTA, May 26 /PRNewswire/ --

About Dr. Harold Kohn & Vimpat

Almost twenty years after discovering a new chemical compound that affects neurological systems, Harold Kohn, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, inventor of the recently FDA-approved Vimpat(R) (lacosamide)C-V, meets Veronica Crowe, whose life has changed significantly with the use of the drug. Dr. Kohn was moved to hear her story of perseverance, and Veronica was thrilled to thank the man whose discovery helped her achieve greater seizure control. Vimpat is now available as an add-on therapy for the treatment of partial-onset seizures in adults 17 years and older with epilepsy.

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The approval of Vimpat was based on safety and efficacy data from three pivotal trials with approximately 1,300 patients. In the studies, seizures were reduced by half or more for many patients taking Vimpat, and they experienced reductions in median seizure frequency at rates significantly greater than those in the placebo groups. Across these trials, some patients taking Vimpat at 200mg/day and 400mg/day were seizure free throughout the 12-week maintenance phase.

Vimpat demonstrated efficacy and tolerability when combined with a broad range of existing antiepileptic drugs (AEDs).

The most common adverse reactions occurring in greater than or equal to 10 percent of Vimpat-treated patients, and greater than placebo, were dizziness, headache, nausea, and diplopia.

About Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder affecting approximately three million people in the U.S.

  • Epilepsy can affect anyone at any time; it is a common neurological condition that
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