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Amanda K Kitten, Sarah A Hallowell, Stephen R Saklad, Kirk E Evoy
Objective : Pimavanserin is the first United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved treatment for Parkinson's disease psychosis (PDP). This article reviews the safety, efficacy, and pharmacology data for pimavanserin and its role in therapy. Method of Research: Initial literature sources were identified via MEDLINE search (1946-September 2016) of pimavanserin and ACP-103 (original molecular designation). Reference review and search of and yielded additional studies. English-language studies of pimavanserin for PDP were evaluated...
February 1, 2018: Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience
Joseph H Friedman
Psychosis is a common problem for people treated for Parkinson's disease. The syndrome is quite stereotypic, with hallucinations being the most common, followed by delusions. While the hallucinations are usually not very bothersome, the delusions are typically paranoid in nature. Treatment is often, but not always, required. Areas covered: This article reviews the therapeutic approaches of this syndrome focusing on drug treatments used once contributory factors have been removed. This includes a review of the evidence supporting the use of clozapine and, most recently, pimavanserin, the first drug with antipsychotic efficacy that has no effect on dopamine...
March 1, 2018: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
Clive Ballard, Carol Banister, Zunera Khan, Jeffrey Cummings, George Demos, Bruce Coate, James M Youakim, Randall Owen, Srdjan Stankovic
BACKGROUND: Pimavanserin is a selective 5-HT2A receptor inverse agonist and antagonist approved in the USA for the treatment of hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson's disease psychosis. No safe or effective pharmacological treatment is approved for psychosis in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of pimavanserin versus placebo in patients with Alzheimer's disease psychosis. METHODS: We did a phase 2, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, single-centre (with multiple affiliated nursing home sites across the UK) study...
March 2018: Lancet Neurology
Lon S Schneider
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March 2018: Lancet Neurology
Shixiao Wang, Yang Wang, Shuang Gao, Yuanyuan Zhang, Hanpei Wang, Longshan Zhao, Kaishun Bi, Shaojie Wang, Xiaohui Chen
A simple, rapid and sensitive method based on an ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) has been developed and validated for the determination of pimavanserin in rat plasma. The analyte was extracted by protein precipitation with methanol and separated on an ACQUITY BEH C18 column (100 × 2.1 mm, 1.7 µm; Waters, USA), with an isocratic elution of acetonitrile-water containing 10 mM ammonium acetate (70:30, v/v), at a flow rate of 0.2 mL/min for 2.5 min. The analyte and clarithromycin (the internal standard) were detected and quantified in positive ion mode using multiple reaction monitoring transitions at m/z 428...
December 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Analysis
Shyam C Panchal, William G Ondo
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We discuss features of Parkinson's disease psychosis (PDP) including symptomology and pathophysiology. Treatment options, including non-pharmacologic strategies, dose reduction of offending agents, and the addition of non-dopaminergic antipsychotics, are addressed. The efficacy of second-generation antipsychotics and novel agents is examined. RECENT FINDINGS: Pimavanserin, a 5-HT2A/C receptor inverse agonist with no other receptor activity, has shown efficacy and tolerability and is now FDA approved for PDP treatment...
January 27, 2018: Current Psychiatry Reports
Neal Hermanowicz
Syndromes of delusional misidentification consist of disordered familiarity and have been reported in diverse diagnoses, including Parkinson's disease. Although the most common delusional misidentification is Capgras syndrome, in which the sufferer believes a familiar person has been replaced by an identical imposter, other forms have been also described. The pathogenesis of delusions of misidentification appears to require dysfunction of or connection to a left cerebral cortical area involved in recognition of familiarity, and also right frontal cortex serving belief evaluation...
December 13, 2017: Postgraduate Medicine
Trevor Hawkins, Brian D Berman
Purpose of review: In April 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a first-in-class atypical antipsychotic medication called pimavanserin for the treatment of Parkinson disease psychosis (PDP). We aim to inform readers about its indications, effectiveness, and safety profile. Recent findings: Pimavanserin acts as an inverse agonist at serotonin 5-HT2A receptors and has negligible effects on other receptors, thereby avoiding the D2 receptor antagonism that can potentially worsen motor symptoms...
April 2017: Neurology. Clinical Practice
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[This corrects the article on p. 157 in vol. 7.].
August 2017: Neurology. Clinical Practice
Ruth B Schneider, Julia Iourinets, Irene H Richard
Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by motor and nonmotor symptoms. Psychosis is a common feature of Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease psychosis (PDP) encompasses minor phenomena (illusions, passage hallucinations and presence hallucinations), visual and nonvisual hallucinations and delusions. PDP is associated with reduced function and quality of life. The initial management approach should focus on identification and treatment of any contributory medical factors, reduction or discontinuation of medications with potential to induce or worsen psychosis, nonpharmacological strategies and consideration of acetylcholinesterase inhibitor treatment in the setting of dementia...
December 2017: Neurodegenerative Disease Management
Wenying Wu, Yanjie Chu, Shixiao Wang, Xiaoyang Sun, Jingjing Zhang, Yannian Wang, Xiaohui Chen
RATIONALE: Pimavanserin, a selective serotonin 2A receptor inverse agonist, is a promising candidate for treating Parkinson's disease psychosis. Our previous study exhibited that there might be an existence of extensive metabolites of pimavanserin in rats. However, the metabolic fate of pimavanserin in vivo remains unknown. Thus, it is essential to develop an efficient method to investigate metabolic profile of pimavanserin in rats. Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FT-ICR-MS) to date has the highest mass measurement accuracy and resolution of any mass spectrometry platforms...
November 6, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
Leslie Citrome, James C Norton, Kathy Chi-Burris, George Demos
OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to describe the efficacy and tolerability of pimavanserin, a highly selective serotonin 5-HT2A receptor inverse agonist/antagonist indicated for the treatment of hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson's disease psychosis (PDP), using the metrics of number needed to treat (NNT) and number needed to harm (NNH). METHODS: Categorical efficacy and tolerability data were extracted from the clinical trial databases of the double-blind placebo-controlled studies of pimavanserin in persons with PDP...
November 3, 2017: CNS Spectrums
Zeyad T Sahli, Frank I Tarazi
Pimavanserin is the first FDA-approved atypical antipsychotic drug indicated for the treatment of hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson's disease psychosis (PDP). Areas covered: This review focuses on the preclinical discovery of pimavanserin. It analyzes the pharmacological, behavioral and molecular mechanisms of pimavanserin and their contribution to the therapeutic advantages of the drug as reported in published preclinical and clinical studies, press releases and product labels. Expert opinion: Pimavanserin exhibits a unique pharmacological profile with nanomolar affinity at serotonin 5-HT2A and 5-HT2C receptors...
January 2018: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
J H Duits, M S Ongering, H J M Martens, P F J Schulte
Clozapine is an effective drug for treating psychosis in Parkinson's disease (PDP) and is registered as such in the Netherlands. However, clozapine can have adverse effects, including agranulocytosis. The new drug pimavanserin was recently registered in the United States for the treatment of PDP.<br/> AIM: To review the literature on pimavanserin and discuss the position it currently occupies in the Netherlands as a potential treatment for PDP.<br/> METHOD: Systematic search of the literature.<br/> RESULTS: We found reports on four randomised controlled trials (RCTs), one review and six articles about the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of pimavanserin...
2017: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
Yasaman Kianirad, Tanya Simuni
Parkinson's disease psychosis (PDP) may develop in up to 60% of Parkinson's patients and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. It also correlates with depression and dementia, and can contribute to caregiver stress and burnout. Pimavanserin is the first FDA approved drug for the treatment of hallucinations and delusions associated with PDP. Areas covered: For this review, a MEDLINE literature search (via PubMed) and information provided by ACADIA Pharmaceuticals were used. This review will discuss the pathophysiology and current management of PDP...
November 2017: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
Dominic H Ffytche, Dag Aarsland
Although illusions, hallucinations and delusions did not play a prominent role in James Parkinson's original clinical descriptions, the longitudinal view of disease progression he advocated has important lessons for the study of such symptoms today. A focus on longitudinal progression rather than individual symptoms led to the concept of PD psychosis-a spectrum of positive symptoms in Parkinson's disease. The publication of criteria for PD psychosis in 2007 helped unify the disparate set of symptoms, raising their profile and resulting in a rapid expansion of literature focussing on clinical aspects, mechanisms, and treatment...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
Latha Velayudhan, Dominic Ffytche, Clive Ballard, Dag Aarsland
This article reviews current treatment strategies and recent advances for the Lewy body dementias (LBDs). Current available symptom treatment strategies are based on monoaminergic, cholinergic and glutaminergic neurotransmitter systems. Relatively robust evidence exists for cholinesterase inhibitors for cognitive impairment in LBD and in Parkinson's disease for antidepressants, clozapine and recently pimavanserin for psychosis. interpidine (RVT 101) and nelotanserin are currently under investigation. Non-pharmacological interventions, such as cognitive stimulation, physical exercises and neuromodulation strategies, may be useful in Parkinson's disease but have not yet been tested in dementias...
September 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
Doral Fredericks, James C Norton, Carolyn Atchison, Robert Schoenhaus, Michael W Pill
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease associated with a decrease in the neurotransmitter dopamine and characterized by the cardinal motor hallmarks of resting tremor, rigidity, bradykinesia/akinesia, and postural instability. Lesser-known features of PD revolve around nonmotor concerns including psychosis, dementia, sleep disturbances, autonomic dysfunction, and sensory abnormalities. Parkinson's disease psychosis (PDP) contributes significantly to morbidity, mortality, nursing home placement, and quality of life (QOL)...
April 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
Mei Yuan, Laura Sperry, Norika Malhado-Chang, Alexandra Duffy, Vicki Wheelock, Sarah Farias, Kevin O'Connor, John Olichney, Kiarash Shahlaie, Lin Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Parkinson's disease psychosis (PDP) is a frequent complication of idiopathic Parkinson's disease (iPD) with significant impact on quality of life and association with poorer outcomes. Atypical antipsychotic drugs (APDs) are often used for the treatment of PDP; however, their use is often complicated by adverse drug reactions (ADRs). In this study, we present patients with PDP who were treated with the most commonly used atypical antipsychotic agents and review their respective ADRs...
June 2017: Brain and Behavior
Neal Hermanowicz, Gustavo Alva, Fernando Pagan, Alberto J Espay, Amita Patel, Katya Cruz Madrid, Daniel Kremens, Jim Kenney, Sheila Arquette, Gary Tereso, Maria Lopes, Carolyn Farnum
A panel of experts drawn from neurology, psychiatry, geropsychiatry, geriatrics, and pharmacy representatives of 3 health plans convened in New York City on July 30, 2016, with the objective of sharing opinions, ideas, and information regarding the optimal management of Parkinson's disease psychosis (PDP). Three key points emerged from the discussion: (1) Because of the nature of Parkinson's disease and PDP, finding appropriate treatment can prove challenging; (2) emerging therapies may present an opportunity for effective disease management; and (3) moving forward, provider and patient education regarding PDP and available treatment options is essential for well-managed symptoms and better quality of life...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
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