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The only FDA-approved, evidence-based therapy for the treatment of Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) in adults

A UNIQUE COMPOUND

FIRDAPSE is the only formulation that utilizes amifampridine phosphate, a voltage‑gated potassium channel blocker, to specifically target the presynaptic nerve terminal of neuromuscular junctions.10-12

BREAKTHROUGH THERAPY

FIRDAPSE was granted Orphan Drug and Breakthrough Therapy designations for the treatment of LEMS by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

EXTENSIVELY TESTED

FIRDAPSE has been tested in more than 70 clinical and non‑clinical studies, including two positive Phase 3 studies over a 9‑year period.3

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FIRDAPSE MECHANISM OF ACTION*

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In LEMS, autoantibodies block the calcium channels in nerve cells, reducing the amount of acetylcholine (ACh) released into the neuromuscular junction.1,9

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Selective blockade of potassium channels enhances presynaptic calcium entry and release of ACh into the neuromuscular junction.10

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FIRDAPSE is a voltage‑gated potassium channel blocker that specifically targets the presynaptic nerve terminal of neuromuscular junctions.10-12 It is not fully understood how amifampridine exerts its therapeutic effect.13

*The mechanism by which FIRDAPSE exerts its therapeutic effect in LEMS patients has not been fully elucidated. FIRDAPSE is a broad-spectrum potassium channel blocker.

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Indication & Important Safety Information

indications and usage:

FIRDAPSE is a potassium channel blocker indicated for the treatment of Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) in adults.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

FIRDAPSE is contraindicated in patients with:

  • A history of seizures
  • Hypersensitivity to amifampridine phosphate or another aminopyridine

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

Seizures: FIRDAPSE can cause seizures. Consider discontinuation or dose-reduction of FIRDAPSE in patients who have a seizure while on treatment. FIRDAPSE is contraindicated in patients with a history of seizures.

Hypersensitivity: If a hypersensitivity reaction such as anaphylaxis occurs, FIRDAPSE should be discontinued and appropriate therapy initiated.

ADVERSE REACTIONS

The most common (> 10%) adverse reactions are: paresthesia, upper respiratory tract infection, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, headache, elevated liver enzymes, back pain, hypertension, and muscle spasms.

To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Catalyst Pharmaceuticals at 1-844-347-3277 (1-844-FIRDAPSE) or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

References:
  1. Lennon VA, Kryzer TJ, Griesmann GE, et al. Calcium-channel antibodies in the Lambert-Eaton syndrome and other paraneoplastic syndromes. N Engl J Med. 1995;332:1467-1474.
  2. Skeie GO, Apostoloski S, Evoli A, et al. Guidelines for treatment of autoimmune neuromuscular transmission disorders. Eur J Neurol. 2010;17(7):893-902.
  3. Data on file, Catalyst Pharmaceuticals.
  4. Sanders DB. Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome: diagnosis and treatment. Ann NY Acad Sci. 2003;998:500-508.
  5. Titulaer MJ, Lang B, Verschuuren JJ. Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome: from clinical characteristics to therapeutic strategies. Lancet Neurol. 2011;10(12):1098-1107.
  6. Merino-Ramírez MÁ, Bolton CF. Review of the diagnostic challenges of Lambert-Eaton syndrome revealed through three case reports. Can J Neurol Sci. 2016;43(5):635-647.
  7. Mantegazza R, Meisel A, Sieb JP, et al. The European LEMS Registry: baseline demographics and treatment approaches. Neurol Ther. 2015;4(2):105-124.
  8. Harms L, Sieb JP, Williams AE, et al. Long-term disease history, clinical symptoms, health status, and healthcare utilization in patients suffering from Lambert Eaton myasthenic syndrome: results of a patient interview survey in Germany. J Med Econ. 2012;15(3):521-530.
  9. Motomura M, Lang B, Johnston I, Palace J, Vincent A, Newsom-Davis J. Incidence of serum anti-P/Q-type and anti-N-type calcium channel autoantibodies in the Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome. J Neuro Sci. 1997;147:35-42.
  10. Oh SJ, Sieb JP. Update on amifampridine as a drug of choice in Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome. US J Neurol. 2014;10(2):83-89.
  11. Strupp M, Teufel J, Zwergal A, et al. Aminopyridines for the treatment of neurologic disorders. Neurol Clin Pract. 2017;7(1):65-76.
  12. Lindquist S, Stangel M. Update on treatment options for Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome: focus on use of amifampridine. Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2011;7:341-349.
  13. Full Prescribing Information for FIRDAPSE (amifampridine). Catalyst Pharma.; 2018.
  14. Oh SJ, Shcherbakova N, Kostera-Pruszczyk A, et al; LEMS Study Group. Amifampridine phosphate (FIRDAPSE) is effective and safe in a phase 3 clinical trial in LEMS. Muscle Nerve. 2016;53(5):717-725.

Indication & Important Safety Information

indications and usage:

FIRDAPSE is a potassium channel blocker indicated for the treatment of Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) in adults.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

FIRDAPSE is contraindicated in patients with:

  • A history of seizures
  • Hypersensitivity to amifampridine phosphate or another aminopyridine

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

Seizures: FIRDAPSE can cause seizures. Consider discontinuation or dose-reduction of FIRDAPSE in patients who have a seizure while on treatment. FIRDAPSE is contraindicated in patients with a history of seizures.

Hypersensitivity: If a hypersensitivity reaction such as anaphylaxis occurs, FIRDAPSE should be discontinued and appropriate therapy initiated.

ADVERSE REACTIONS

The most common (> 10%) adverse reactions are: paresthesia, upper respiratory tract infection, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, headache, elevated liver enzymes, back pain, hypertension, and muscle spasms.

To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Catalyst Pharmaceuticals at 1-844-347-3277 (1-844-FIRDAPSE) or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

References:
  1. Lennon VA, Kryzer TJ, Griesmann GE, et al. Calcium-channel antibodies in the Lambert-Eaton syndrome and other paraneoplastic syndromes. N Engl J Med. 1995;332:1467-1474.
  2. Skeie GO, Apostoloski S, Evoli A, et al. Guidelines for treatment of autoimmune neuromuscular transmission disorders. Eur J Neurol. 2010;17(7):893-902.
  3. Data on file, Catalyst Pharmaceuticals.
  4. Sanders DB. Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome: diagnosis and treatment. Ann NY Acad Sci. 2003;998:500-508.
  5. Titulaer MJ, Lang B, Verschuuren JJ. Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome: from clinical characteristics to therapeutic strategies. Lancet Neurol. 2011;10(12):1098-1107.
  6. Merino-Ramírez MÁ, Bolton CF. Review of the diagnostic challenges of Lambert-Eaton syndrome revealed through three case reports. Can J Neurol Sci. 2016;43(5):635-647.
  7. Mantegazza R, Meisel A, Sieb JP, et al. The European LEMS Registry: baseline demographics and treatment approaches. Neurol Ther. 2015;4(2):105-124.
  8. Harms L, Sieb JP, Williams AE, et al. Long-term disease history, clinical symptoms, health status, and healthcare utilization in patients suffering from Lambert Eaton myasthenic syndrome: results of a patient interview survey in Germany. J Med Econ. 2012;15(3):521-530.
  9. Motomura M, Lang B, Johnston I, Palace J, Vincent A, Newsom-Davis J. Incidence of serum anti-P/Q-type and anti-N-type calcium channel autoantibodies in the Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome. J Neuro Sci. 1997;147:35-42.
  10. Oh SJ, Sieb JP. Update on amifampridine as a drug of choice in Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome. US J Neurol. 2014;10(2):83-89.
  11. Strupp M, Teufel J, Zwergal A, et al. Aminopyridines for the treatment of neurologic disorders. Neurol Clin Pract. 2017;7(1):65-76.
  12. Lindquist S, Stangel M. Update on treatment options for Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome: focus on use of amifampridine. Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2011;7:341-349.
  13. Full Prescribing Information for FIRDAPSE (amifampridine). Catalyst Pharma.; 2018.
  14. Oh SJ, Shcherbakova N, Kostera-Pruszczyk A, et al; LEMS Study Group. Amifampridine phosphate (FIRDAPSE) is effective and safe in a phase 3 clinical trial in LEMS. Muscle Nerve. 2016;53(5):717-725.