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DTB struggles to assess perampanel’s place in therapy

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Assessing the place of perampanel in the treatment of epilepsy is hampered by a lack of comparative controlled trials and published health economic analyses, according to the latest .

However, the DTB concludes that, on current evidence, “perampanel is an extra drug to add to the list of adjunctive treatments to be considered by a tertiary epilepsy specialist”.

The bulletin highlights that the number needed to treat to achieve at least a 50 per cent reduction in seizure frequency is five and that complete freedom from seizures is achieved in 5 per cent of patients with the highest dose of perampanel. The cost of perampanel is more than that of many other adjunctive drugs but comparable to the newer antiepileptics, it says.

See also: Perampanel: a weapon against epilepsy

Citation: Electronicjuice DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2013.11116821

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