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Avanir Pharmaceuticals Announces Publication of 'PRISM' Pseudobulbar Affect Registry Findings
Date:8/22/2013

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Aug. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVNR) today announced the publication of the findings from the PRISM patient registry in PLOS ONE, an international, peer-reviewed, open-access medical journal. PRISM was the largest registry ever conducted to further understand prevalence and impact of pseudobulbar affect (PBA) in the United States. A link to the online article can be accessed at http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0072232.

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PRISM investigators enrolled 5290 patients with six common neurologic conditions often associated with PBA. More than one third of enrolled patients (n = 1944; 36.7%) had a CNS-LS score ≥13, suggesting PBA symptoms. The impact of the patient's neurological condition on quality of life (QOL) was significantly higher (worse) in these patients (mean score 6.7 vs. 4.7; P<0.0001). In addition, a greater percentage of patients with CNS-LS score ≥13 were being treated with antidepressant/antipsychotic medications (53.0% vs. 35.4%, respectively; P<0.0001). 

"The results from PRISM demonstrate that PBA symptoms are common among patients with diverse neurological conditions," said Randall Kaye, MD, chief medical officer at Avanir Pharmaceuticals. "Higher CNS-LS scores were associated with significantly worse quality of life scores and greater use of antipsychotic/antidepressant medications. Publication of this important information will help healthcare practitioners better appreciate the frequency and multi-faceted impact of PBA symptoms in their neurologic patients."

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