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CORRECTION: Axovant Announces Negative Results for Intepirdine in Phase 2b HEADWAY and Pilot Phase 2 Gait and Balance Studies; Positive Trends in Efficacy Seen in Pilot Phase 2 Nelotanserin Study
About the Nelotanserin Visual Hallucinations Study
This multi-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, pilot Phase 2 crossover study evaluated the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of nelotanserin over a four-week treatment period and enrolled 30 patients with DLB and PDD who were experiencing frequent and recurrent visual hallucinations. With the crossover design, every patient received placebo for four weeks and nelotanserin for four weeks (two weeks of a 40 mg dose followed by two weeks of an 80 mg dose). Study participants were allowed to be on stable antipsychotic treatments, stable anti-Parkinson’s disease treatments, and stable background cholinesterase inhibitor therapy for at least four weeks prior to screening.
The prespecified primary endpoint of the pilot study was safety including assessment of extrapyramidal symptoms as measured by the change in UPDRS scores. In addition, there were multiple exploratory efficacy assessments in the study that included UPDRS Part III, SAPS, SAPS-PD, PGIC-VH and an internally developed patient diary, that evaluated the effects of nelotanserin over a four-week treatment period. Individuals who completed this study were eligible to receive nelotanserin in an extension study.
Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the aggregation of Lewy bodies, abnormal deposits of a protein called alpha-synuclein. Lewy bodies build up in areas of the brain that regulate behavior, cognition and movement. DLB is the second most prevalent cause of neurodegenerative dementia in elderly patients. Approximately 1.1 million patients in
Nelotanserin is a selective inverse agonist of the 5-HT2A receptorii that was discovered by
Axovant is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative medicines to broadly address multiple forms of dementia and related neurological disorders. Axovant is developing a pipeline of product candidates that focuses on the cognitive, functional and behavioral aspects of debilitating conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, Lewy body dementia and other neurological disorders. For more information, visit www.axovant.com.
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i Alzheimer's Association. Dementia with Lewy bodies. http://www.alz.org/dementia/dementia-with-lewy-bodies-symptoms.asp. Accessed
ii The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Nelotanserin, a novel selective human 5-hydroxytryptamine2A inverse agonist for the treatment of insomnia. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19841476. 2010 Jan;332(1):281-90. doi: 10.1124/jpet.109.160994. Epub 2009 Oct 19.
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