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COVID-19 and LEMS Patients

What you should know about COVID-19 and your patients with LEMS

Expert recommendations for LEMS patients during the pandemic27

An international group of scientists released treatment guidelines for patients with LEMS and related neuromuscular conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here is a summary of their key findings and recommendations that LEMS patients and their caregivers should be aware of:

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Patients should continue their current treatments and medications unless specifically directed otherwise by their healthcare provider

  • There is no scientific evidence to suggest that symptomatic therapies like pyridostigmine or 3,4-diaminopyridine (amifampridine) increase the risk of infection, and they should not be discontinued unless there are other clinical reasons to do so
  • It is recommended that patients already on immunosuppressive therapies should practice extra-vigilant social distancing and take other precautions

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Healthcare providers should consider the regional incidence of COVID-19 when advising patients regarding travel to an infusion center or hospital for treatment

  • Consider switching patients to home infusion whenever possible

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Although there is currently no vaccine available for COVID-19, it is recommended that patients with LEMS only receive heat-killed vaccines

 

PATIENTS WHO HAVE CONTRACTED COVID-19

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Most patients who develop
COVID-19 have mild symptoms and should continue the current best practice standard of care for LEMS

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If a patient’s symptoms are severe (requiring hospitalization), it may be necessary to consider temporarily pausing current immunosuppression

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Indication and 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. Yoon CH, Owusu-Guha J, Smith A, Buschur P. Amifampridine for the management of Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome: a new take on an old drug. Ann Pharmacother. 2020;54(1):56-63.
  2. Full Prescribing Information for FIRDAPSE (amifampridine). Catalyst Pharma; 2018.
  3. Orange Book: Approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. US Food and Drug Administration website. https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cder/ob/search_product.cfm. Accessed June 10, 2020.
  4. 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(22):1467-1474.
  5. Skeie GO, Apostolski S, Evoli A, et al. Guidelines for treatment of autoimmune neuromuscular transmission disorders. Eur J Neurol. 2010;17(7):893-902.
  6. Data on file, Catalyst Pharmaceuticals.
  7. Muppidi S, Wolfe GI, Barohn RJ. Diseases of the neuromuscular junction. In: Swaiman K, Ashwal S, Ferriero D, Schor N, eds. Pediatric Neurology: Principles and Practice. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2011:1549-1569.
  8. Sanders DB. Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome: diagnosis and treatment. Ann NY Acad Sci. 2003;998:500-508.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Titulaer MJ, Lang B, Verschuuren JJ. Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome: from clinical characteristics to therapeutic strategies. Lancet Neurol. 2011;10(12):1098-1107.
  12. Titulaer MJ, Wirtz PW, Willems LNA, et al. Screening for small-cell lung cancer: a follow-up study of patients with Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome. J Clin Oncol. 2008;26(26):4276-4281.
  13. Wirtz PW, Smallegange TM, Wintzen AR, Verschuuren JJ. Differences in clinical features between the Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome with and without cancer: an analysis of 227 published cases. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2002;104(4):359-363.
  14. Wirtz PW, Wintzen AR, Verschuuren JJ. Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome has a more progressive course in patients with lung cancer. Muscle Nerve. 2005;32(2):226-229.
  15. Maddison P, Lang B, Mill K, Newsom-Davis J. Long term outcome in Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome without lung cancer. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2001;70(2):212-217.
  16. Zalewski NL, Lennon VA, Lachance DH, et al. P/Q- and N-type calcium-channel antibodies: oncological, neurological, and serological accompaniments. Muscle Nerve. 2016;54(2):220-227.
  17. Lennon VA. Serologic profile of myasthenia gravis and distinction from the Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome. Neurology. 1997;48(suppl 5):S23-S27.
  18. Gilhus NE. Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome; pathogenesis, diagnosis, and therapy. Autoimmune Dis. 2011;2011:973808.
  19. Quartel A, Turbeville S, Lounsbury D. Current therapy for Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome: development of 3,4-diaminopyridine phosphate salt as first-line symptomatic treatment. Curr Med Res Opin. 2010;26(6):1363-1375.
  20. Bain PG, Motomura M, Newsom-Davis J, et al. Effects of intravenous immunoglobulin on muscle weakness and calcium-channel autoantibodies in the Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome. Neurology. 1996;47(3):678-683.
  21. Ivanovski T, Miralles F. Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome: early diagnosis is key. Degener Neurol Neuromuscul Dis. 2019;9:27-37.
  22. Wirtz PW, Verschuuren JJ, van Dijk JG, et al. Efficacy of 3,4-diaminopyridine and pyridostigmine in the treatment of Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2009;86(1):44-48.
  23. 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.
  24. Strupp M, Teufel J, Zwergal A, et al. Aminopyridines for the treatment of neurologic disorders. Neurol Clin Pract. 2017;7(1):65-76.
  25. 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.
  26. Shieh P, Sharma K, Korhman B, Oh SJ. Amifampridine phosphate (FIRDAPSE) is effective in a confirmatory phase 3 clinical trial in LEMS. J Clin Neuromuscul Dis. 2019;20(3):111-119.
  27. Jacob S, Muppidi S, Guidon A, et al; International MG/COVID-19 Working Group. Guidance for the management of myasthenia gravis (MG) and Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) during the COVID-19 pandemic. J Neurol Sci. 2020;412:116803.

Indication and 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. Yoon CH, Owusu-Guha J, Smith A, Buschur P. Amifampridine for the management of Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome: a new take on an old drug. Ann Pharmacother. 2020;54(1):56-63.
  2. Full Prescribing Information for FIRDAPSE (amifampridine). Catalyst Pharma; 2018.
  3. Orange Book: Approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. US Food and Drug Administration website. https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cder/ob/search_product.cfm. Accessed June 10, 2020.
  4. 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(22):1467-1474.
  5. Skeie GO, Apostolski S, Evoli A, et al. Guidelines for treatment of autoimmune neuromuscular transmission disorders. Eur J Neurol. 2010;17(7):893-902.
  6. Data on file, Catalyst Pharmaceuticals.
  7. Muppidi S, Wolfe GI, Barohn RJ. Diseases of the neuromuscular junction. In: Swaiman K, Ashwal S, Ferriero D, Schor N, eds. Pediatric Neurology: Principles and Practice. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2011:1549-1569.
  8. Sanders DB. Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome: diagnosis and treatment. Ann NY Acad Sci. 2003;998:500-508.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Titulaer MJ, Lang B, Verschuuren JJ. Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome: from clinical characteristics to therapeutic strategies. Lancet Neurol. 2011;10(12):1098-1107.
  12. Titulaer MJ, Wirtz PW, Willems LNA, et al. Screening for small-cell lung cancer: a follow-up study of patients with Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome. J Clin Oncol. 2008;26(26):4276-4281.
  13. Wirtz PW, Smallegange TM, Wintzen AR, Verschuuren JJ. Differences in clinical features between the Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome with and without cancer: an analysis of 227 published cases. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2002;104(4):359-363.
  14. Wirtz PW, Wintzen AR, Verschuuren JJ. Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome has a more progressive course in patients with lung cancer. Muscle Nerve. 2005;32(2):226-229.
  15. Maddison P, Lang B, Mill K, Newsom-Davis J. Long term outcome in Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome without lung cancer. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2001;70(2):212-217.
  16. Zalewski NL, Lennon VA, Lachance DH, et al. P/Q- and N-type calcium-channel antibodies: oncological, neurological, and serological accompaniments. Muscle Nerve. 2016;54(2):220-227.
  17. Lennon VA. Serologic profile of myasthenia gravis and distinction from the Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome. Neurology. 1997;48(suppl 5):S23-S27.
  18. Gilhus NE. Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome; pathogenesis, diagnosis, and therapy. Autoimmune Dis. 2011;2011:973808.
  19. Quartel A, Turbeville S, Lounsbury D. Current therapy for Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome: development of 3,4-diaminopyridine phosphate salt as first-line symptomatic treatment. Curr Med Res Opin. 2010;26(6):1363-1375.
  20. Bain PG, Motomura M, Newsom-Davis J, et al. Effects of intravenous immunoglobulin on muscle weakness and calcium-channel autoantibodies in the Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome. Neurology. 1996;47(3):678-683.
  21. Ivanovski T, Miralles F. Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome: early diagnosis is key. Degener Neurol Neuromuscul Dis. 2019;9:27-37.
  22. Wirtz PW, Verschuuren JJ, van Dijk JG, et al. Efficacy of 3,4-diaminopyridine and pyridostigmine in the treatment of Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2009;86(1):44-48.
  23. 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.
  24. Strupp M, Teufel J, Zwergal A, et al. Aminopyridines for the treatment of neurologic disorders. Neurol Clin Pract. 2017;7(1):65-76.
  25. 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.
  26. Shieh P, Sharma K, Korhman B, Oh SJ. Amifampridine phosphate (FIRDAPSE) is effective in a confirmatory phase 3 clinical trial in LEMS. J Clin Neuromuscul Dis. 2019;20(3):111-119.
  27. Jacob S, Muppidi S, Guidon A, et al; International MG/COVID-19 Working Group. Guidance for the management of myasthenia gravis (MG) and Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) during the COVID-19 pandemic. J Neurol Sci. 2020;412:116803.