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UCB Sponsors Data Presentations on Epilepsy and Vimpat® (lacosamide) C-V at the 64th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology
Date:4/18/2012

y 50 million people worldwide and 3 million people in the U.S. Anyone can develop epilepsy; it occurs across all ages, races, and genders.  Uncontrolled seizures and medication side effects pose challenges to independent living, learning, and employment, so the goal of epilepsy treatment is seizure freedom with minimal side effects.  In the U.S., more than 1 million patients continue to have seizures despite initial therapy, and more than 800,000 continue to have seizures despite treatment with two or more therapies.  [1],[2]

About Vimpat®

Vimpat® tablets and injection were launched in the U.S. in May 2009 as an add-on therapy for the treatment of partial-onset seizures in people with epilepsy who are aged 17 years and older.  Vimpat® injection is a short-term replacement when oral administration is not feasible in these patients.  Vimpat® oral solution was launched in June 2010.  The availability of the oral tablets, oral solution, and intravenous (IV) injection allows for consistent treatment in a hospital setting. 

In the European Union, Vimpat® (film-coated tablets, syrup, and solution for infusion) is approved as adjunctive therapy for the treatment of partial-onset seizures with or without secondary generalization in patients with epilepsy aged 16 years and older. Vimpat® solution for infusion may be used when oral administration is temporarily not feasible.

The maximum approved daily dose for Vimpat® in the European Union and the U.S. is 400 mg/day.

Important safety information about Vimpat® in the U.S.

Warnings and Precautions

Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) increase the risk of suicidal behavior and ideation. Patients taking Vimpat® should be monitored for the emergence or worsening of depression, suicidal thoughts or behavior, and/or any unusual changes in mood or behavior
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