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New Keppra XR(TM) Dosage Strength Offers Simplified Treatment Option for People Living With Partial-Onset Seizures
Date:4/10/2009

ATLANTA, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Once-daily Keppra XR(TM) (levetiracetam) extended-release tablets are now available in a new dosage strength--750 mg--enabling doctors to simplify patients' treatment plans by decreasing the number of tablets they take each day.

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According to studies published in Epilepsy & Behavior and Neurology, patients are more likely to adhere to their medication regimen when it is taken once daily, and therefore may be more likely to reach the goal of epilepsy therapy--seizure freedom with minimal side effects.

Keppra XR(TM), from UCB, The Epilepsy Company(TM), was approved last year as an add-on therapy for partial-onset seizures in patients who are 16 years of age and older with epilepsy. Keppra XR(TM) is the only extended-release formulation of levetiracetam and cannot be substituted with generic levetiracetam, immediate-release levetiracetam or any other antiepileptic medication at the pharmacy counter.

Keppra XR(TM) was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) based on data from an international clinical study of 158 epilepsy patients with partial-onset seizures who added 1,000 mg of Keppra XR(TM) or placebo to their other epilepsy medications once daily. The study consisted of an 8-week baseline period followed by a 12-week treatment period.

  • The study showed that 10.1 percent of Keppra XR(TM) patients experienced complete partial-onset seizure freedom vs. 1.3 percent in the placebo group over the treatment period.
  • Keppra XR(TM) patients experienced a 46.1 median percent reduction in weekly partial-onset seizure frequency versus 33.4 percent in the placebo group.

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