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Narcolepsy Patient Community Prepares to Share Life Impacts, Treatment Perspectives with FDA Regulators
Date:9/19/2013

WORCESTER, Mass., Sept. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On September 24, 2013, patients with narcolepsy and other stakeholders will gather at the Food & Drug Administration to provide direct input on drug development issues affecting nearly 200,000 Americans with narcolepsy. The meeting, fourth in a series of 20 mandated under a 2012 law, will be the first session dedicated to a disease classified as rare.

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To prepare the patient community for this opportunity to speak directly with FDA regulators, Wake Up Narcolepsy, Inc., launched Unite Narcolepsy, a special patient education and engagement initiative. A survey based on questions about narcolepsy posed by FDA has attracted more than 1,330 responses, including more than 1,000 from people diagnosed with narcolepsy by a physician. Key survey findings include:

  • Cataplexy, a striking and sudden episode of muscle weakness often triggered by strong emotion, was reported by 65% of respondents. The three symptoms rated as having the most significant impact on patients' lives were excessive daytime sleepiness (77%); difficulty thinking, remembering, concentrating, or paying attention (50%); and general fatigue/never feeling rested (45%).
  • Nearly 95% of survey respondents reported having been prescribed one or more of the four medications approved by FDA for treatment of narcolepsy or its key symptoms (Adderall, Nuvigil, Provigil, and XYREM® [sodium oxybate] oral solution). 70% use other prescription medications (including stimulants, anticataplectics, and hypnotics/sedatives), and 80% use other therapies (such as lifestyle modifications, nutritional supplements, and diet) to help mana
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