Radicava (edaravone) for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: US experience at 1 year after launch

Carlayne Jackson, Terry Heiman-Patterson, Pamela Kittrell, Tatyana Baranovsky, Glenn McAnanama, Laura Bower, Wendy Agnese, Mike Martin

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Abstract

Background: Radicava® (edaravone), approved for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2017, may be administered intravenously at clinic sites, infusion centers or at home. Objective: To gain insights into the utilization of Radicava® at 1 year post-launch. Methods: Radicava® usage data were collected, and a survey was conducted among 75 physicians. Adverse events (AEs) were identified from a post-marketing safety database from 8 August 2017 through 3 August 2018 (cutoff date). Results: As of 6 August 2018, 3007 ALS patients were treated with Radicava®. Survey results indicated that 43% of patients received infusions at home, 32% in a clinician’s office, and 26% at a referred site. Infusions were administered mainly via implanted port. The most commonly reported AEs were drug ineffective, death (not specified), therapeutic response unexpected, asthenia, fatigue, gait disturbance, disease progression, muscular weakness, fall, and dyspnea. Conclusions: The first year of Radicava® availability to ALS patients in the US provided many key learnings that will help shape strategies for improved patient care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)605-610
Number of pages6
JournalAmyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
Volume20
Issue number7-8
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2019

Keywords

  • ALS
  • clinical insights
  • disease management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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