Dr. Richard Hoffmann, Ask the Pharmacist, 01/01/13

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Epilepsy drug treats partial-onset seizures

By Richard Hoffmann

Q: I heard a new drug was approved to treat epilepsy. What can you tell me of it?

A: The FDA recently (2012) approved Fycompa (perampanel) for the treatment of partial-onset seizures in patients with epilepsy.

Some people with epilepsy do not achieve good seizure control with current treatments, and Fycompa offers a new treatment option because it works in a different way than other anti-epileptic drugs.

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