August 22, 2018

FDA Approves Diacomit (stiripentol) for Seizures Associated with Dravet Syndrome

The FDA approved Diacomit (stiripentol) for seizures associated with Dravet syndrome in patients 2 years of age and older taking clobazam.

Dravet syndrome is a rare genetic condition that usually appears during the first year of life with prolonged fever-related seizures. Later, other types of seizures typically appear, and additionally, status epilepticus, a potentially life-threatening state of continuous seizure activity requiring emergency medical care, may occur. Children with Dravet syndrome typically experience poor development of language and motor skills, hyperactivity, and difficulty relating to others.

The efficacy of Diacomit was established in two multicenter placebo-controlled double-blind randomized studies (Study 1 and Study 2). Patients enrolled in the studies were required to be aged between 3 years and under 18 years with Dravet syndrome that was inadequately controlled with clobazam and valproate, and experiencing at least 4 generalized clonic or tonic-clonic seizures per month.

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