Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE:TEVA) today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded the indication for AZILECT ® (rasagiline tablets) from monotherapy and adjunct to levodopa (LD) to now include adjunct to dopamine agonists (DAs). The new indication reflects that AZILECT ® can be used alone or in combination with other Parkinson’s disease (PD) medications. The approval reinforces the growing clinical evidence demonstrating the benefit of AZILECT ® across all stages of PD.
“The FDA approval of the expanded label for AZILECT ® will be a welcome addition in the treatment of PD,” said Michael Hayden, M.D., Ph.D., President of Global R&D and Chief Scientific Officer at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. “Teva continues its commitment to those living with PD and to research in areas of neurodegenerative diseases to develop solutions for patients with unmet needs.”
The FDA approval of the expanded label is based on a supplemental new drug application (sNDA) submitted by Teva, supported by data from the ANDANTE study ( Add o N to Dopamine Ago Nists in the Tr Eatment of Parkinson’s disease).The study demonstrated AZILECT ® provides a clinical benefit by significantly improving total Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) scores compared to placebo in patients on DA monotherapy, while demonstrating tolerability.
“AZILECT ® has been well studied and has been shown to be safe and effective as monotherapy in early PD and as an adjunct to LD in moderate-to-advanced PD. The ANDANTE study provides evidence that AZILECT ® is also effective as an adjunct to dopamine agonist therapy,” said Robert A. Hauser, M.D., MBA, Professor of Neurology, Molecular Pharmacology, and Physiology at the University of South Florida. “The expanded AZILECT ® indication supports the concept of adding AZILECT ® to DA monotherapy to improve symptoms while offering another treatment option prior to either increasing the dose of DA monotherapy or initiating LD.”ABOUT AZILECT ® INDICATION AZILECT ® (rasagiline tablets) is indicated for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease (PD). IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION Do not take AZILECT if you are taking meperidine as it could result in a serious reaction such as coma or death. Also, do not take AZILECT with tramadol, methadone, propoxyphene, dextromethorphan, St. John’s wort, or cyclobenzaprine. You also should not take AZILECT with other monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), as it could result in an unsafe rise in blood pressure.