Thursday, May 7, 2009

Safinamide for advanced Parkinson's disease.!

We knew thatSafinamide is a candidate drug against Alzheimer's disease. In 2007, a Phase III clinical trial, was started by Merck-Serono for Safinamide as add-on to dopamine agonist for early idiopathic Parkinson's disease. Now thanx to the same companies for having second phase III trial of Safinamide in advanced Parkinson's disease. Interestingly the same compound has been tested for restless legs syndrome (RLS) and epilepsy As of 2008[update], they are in Phase II.

Safinamide is believed to have a novel dual mechanism of action based on the enhancement of the dopaminergic function (through reversible inhibition of monoamine oxidase-B [MAO-B] and dopamine uptake) and reduction of glutamatergic activity by inhibiting glutamate release.
The earlier trials revealed that safinamide significantly improved motor function in patients with advanced Parkinson's disease. And also the results are encouraging and suggest that safinamide could have benefits beyond motor symptoms. The earlier results not only substantiates the claims but also established something interesting factors like ability of safinamide to improve depressive symptoms are important aspects of PD in addition to the other benefits. Hope after few days safinamide as an add-on therapy to levodopa will come in the market as a boon to those who are mid-to late-stage idiopathic Parkinson's disease (more than five years of disease duration).....
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