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Last Updated: Aug 19th, 2006 - 22:18:38

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Latest Research : Psychiatry : Child Psychiatry : ADHD

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NRP104 significantly reduced symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children
May 25, 2006, 13:20, Reviewed by: Dr. Ankush Vidyarthi

"These studies showed that NRP104 significantly reduced ADHD symptoms and was well-tolerated"

 
Treatment with the investigational drug, lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (NRP104), demonstrated statistically significant reduction in the symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children aged 6 to 12 years according to the results of a phase III trial presented today at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) annual meeting.

A phase II trial of lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (NRP104), also presented at APA today, demonstrated a statistically significant reduction in ADHD symptoms comparable to mixed amphetamine salts extended-release (MAS XR). Both products were studied versus placebo in children aged 6 to 12 years with ADHD.

These studies showed that NRP104 significantly reduced ADHD symptoms and was well-tolerated, said Joseph Biederman, M.D., professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of Pediatric Psychopharmacology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Biederman led both of the NRP104 studies presented at the APA meeting.

New River Pharmaceuticals Inc. developed NRP104 and on January 31, 2005, signed a collaborative agreement with Shire to develop and commercialize the product. On December 6, 2005 New River filed a New Drug Application with U.S. Food and Drug Administration to evaluate NRP104 for the treatment of ADHD. This application is currently under review.

In the phase III study, 30-milligram (mg), 50 mg, and 70 mg QD doses of lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (NRP104) demonstrated significant improvements in average ADHD symptoms compared with placebo (P less than 0.0001) after four weeks of once-daily treatment, as measured by 230 children's scores on the ADHD Rating Scale (ADHD-RS). ADHD-RS is a standard test for diagnosing ADHD in children and adolescents and for assessing their response to treatment. The scale, which contains 18 items, is based on the ADHD diagnosis criteria as defined in the APA・s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision.

Average reductions in ADHD-RS scores were 51 percent (21.8 points), 54 percent (23.4 points) and 59 percent (26.7 points) for the 30 mg, 50 mg, and 70 mg dosage strengths, respectively, compared to baseline. All three NRP104 doses produced significant average differences in the scores during the first week of treatment (P less than 0.0001 versus placebo for each dose). Of the participants, 36 percent had previously received treatment for ADHD.

Each of the three dosage strengths (30 mg, 50 mg and 70 mg per day) demonstrated efficacy in the morning (~10:00 am); afternoon (~2:00 pm); and into evening (~6:00 pm), compared to placebo, as demonstrated by the Conners ADHD Rating Scale V Parent (CPRS).

Most adverse events were mild to moderate and occurred in the first week. The most common adverse events were decreased appetite, insomnia, headache and upper abdominal pain.

In a phase II three-way double-blind cross-over analog classroom study, investigators optimized 50 children aged 6 to 12 years to their MAS XR dose during a three-week period. The researchers then randomized the participants to receive one week each of lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (NRP104) (approximate equivalent dose to the child's optimal MAS XR dose), MAS XR (subject's optimal dose) or a placebo for a total of three weeks.

The results demonstrated consistently improved behavior when receiving either NRP104 or MAS XR as measured by the Swanson, Kotkin, Agler, M-Flynn and Pelham (SKAMP) deportment rating scale, which is a standard, validated classroom assessment tool used for testing ADHD treatment. Both NRP104 and MAS XR treatments resulted in significant and equivalent improved deportment (0.8 for both), versus placebo (1.7) (P less than 0.0001, for both).

The results also demonstrated that children・s academic productivity significantly improved with both NRP104 and MAS XR treatments, compared to placebo, as measured by PERMP, an age-adjusted collection of math problems that provides an accurate measure of a child's ability to pay attention and stay on task correlated by an increase in number of successfully completed problems. Average scores on PERMP-attempted were NRP104, 133.3, and MAS XR, 133.6, compared to placebo, 88.2, (P less than 0.0001, for both) and on PERMP-correct, NRP104, 129.6, and MAS XR, 129.4, compared to placebo, 84.1 (P less than 0.0001).

Adverse events were mild to moderate. The most common adverse events for NRP104 were insomnia (8 percent), decreased appetite (6 percent) and anorexia (4 percent); for MAS XR were decreased appetite (4 percent), upper abdominal pain (4 percent), insomnia (2 percent), and vomiting (2 percent).
 

- New River Pharmaceuticals conducted and sponsored both clinical trials of NRP104.
 

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NRP104 was designed as a pharmacologically inactive prodrug in which d-amphetamine is covalently bonded to l-lysine, a naturally occurring amino acid. It is not until undergoing hydrolysis that the pharmacologically active d-amphetamine molecule is gradually released, which may make drug tampering difficult and impractical. NRP104 was designed with the expectation to have comparable efficacy and tolerability to currently marketed once daily extended-release stimulants with reduced potential for abuse, diversion and overdose toxicity.

:We believe the design of NRP104 could yield a reduced potential for abuse and diversion, while also providing effectiveness comparable to currently marketed ADHD medications. We are continuing to study NRP104 to further evaluate the compound・s potential,; says Suma Krishnan, New River・s Vice-President, Product Development.

About ADHD
ADHD affects approximately 7.8 percent of all school-age children, or about 4.4 million U.S. children aged 4 to 17 years, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ADHD is considered the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorder in children. ADHD is a neurological brain disorder that manifests as a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that is more frequent and severe than is typically observed in individuals at a comparable age and maturity.

Shire plc
Shire・s strategic goal is to become the leading specialty pharmaceutical company that focuses on meeting the needs of the specialist physician. Shire focuses its business on central nervous system, gastrointestinal, general products and human genetic therapies. The structure is sufficiently flexible to allow Shire to target new therapeutic areas to the extent opportunities arise through acquisitions. Shire believes that a carefully selected portfolio of products with a strategically aligned and relatively small-scale sales force will deliver strong results.

Shire・s focused strategy is to develop and market products for specialty physicians. Shire・s in-licensing, merger and acquisition efforts are focused on products in niche markets with strong intellectual property protection either in the US or Europe.

For further information on Shire, please visit the Company website: www.shire.com.


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