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Zsófia Majláth, Izabella Obál, László Vécsei
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder with prominent motor and non-motor symptoms. Psychosis develops in over 40% of PD patients and it is one of the most distressing symptoms for patients and caregivers alike. Until recently, atypical antipsychotics, clozapine and quetiapine were used to treat psychotic symptoms, but treatment was associated with substantial concerns for side-effects of clozapine and unfounded efficacy for quetiapine. Extensive research has shown that the antipsychotic effect of these drugs could be attributed to serotonin 2a receptor (5 HT2a) triggered mechanisms...
October 6, 2016: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
Ines Chendo, Joaquim J Ferreira
INTRODUCTION: Parkinson´s disease (PD) is a synucleinopathy that affects millions of people worldwide and leads to progressive disability. Psychosis is highly prevalent in PD patients and is associated with poor prognosis. Until April 2016, there were no licensed drugs available in the United States of America (USA) for the treatment of PD psychosis (PDP). Pimavanserin is the first Food and Drug Administration approved medicine for the treatment of hallucinations and delusions associated with PDP...
October 2016: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
Daniel A Hussar, Christine A Dimaculangan
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September 2016: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
Irina V Belozertseva, Olga A Dravolina, Margarita A Tur, Marina G Semina, Edwin E Zvartau, Anton Yu Bespalov
Constitutively active 5-HT2 receptors have been suggested to contribute to motoneuronal excitability, muscle spasms and spasticity. Accordingly, 5-HT2C receptor inverse agonists have been demonstrated in pilot experiments to reduce spasticity in animal model of spasticity and patients with spinal cord injuries. Thus, 5-HT2C receptor inverse agonists may represent a novel class of anti-spasticity agents justifying a search for compounds with robust 5-HT2C receptor inverse agonist activity either among the existing medications or via a dedicated drug discovery program...
August 24, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Dennis J Cada, Terri L Levien, Danial E Baker
Each month, subscribers to The Formulary Monograph Service receive 5 to 6 well-documented monographs on drugs that are newly released or are in late phase 3 trials. The monographs are targeted to Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committees. Subscribers also receive monthly 1-page summary monographs on agents that are useful for agendas and pharmacy/nursing in-services. A comprehensive target drug utilization evaluation/medication use evaluation (DUE/MUE) is also provided each month. With a subscription, the monographs are available online to subscribers...
July 2016: Hospital Pharmacy
Michele B Kaufman
Venetoclax (Venclexta) for chronic lymphocytic leukemia; riboflavin 5'-phosphate solutions (Photrexa Viscous and Photrexa) for progressive keratoconus; and pimavanserin (Nuplazid) for Parkinson's disease psychosis.
August 2016: P & T: a Peer-reviewed Journal for Formulary Management
Nevena Divac, Radan Stojanović, Katarina Savić Vujović, Branislava Medić, Aleksandar Damjanović, Milica Prostran
Psychotic symptoms are present in up to 50% of patients with Parkinson's disease. These symptoms have detrimental effects on patients' and caregivers' quality of life and may predict mortality. The pathogenesis of psychotic symptoms in Parkinson's disease is complex, but the use of dopaminergic medications is one of the risk factors. The treatment of psychotic symptoms in Parkinson's disease is complicated due to the ability of antipsychotic medications to worsen motor symptoms. The efficacy of clozapine in the treatment of psychosis in patients with Parkinson's disease has been confirmed in several clinical trials; however, the adverse effects and the necessity of blood count monitoring are the reasons why the use of this drug is challenging...
2016: Behavioural Neurology
Stephen M Stahl
Pimavanserin, a novel agent approved for the treatment of Parkinson's disease psychosis, has potent actions as an antagonist/inverse agonist at serotonin 5HT2A receptors and less potent antagonist/inverse agonist actions at 5HT2C receptors.
August 2016: CNS Spectrums
Anthony Markham
Pimavanserin (Nuplazid™) is a selective and potent serotonin 2A (5-HT2A) receptor inverse agonist and antagonist developed by ACADIA Pharmaceuticals that has been approved in the US as a treatment for patients with hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson's disease psychosis. Up to 60 % of patients with Parkinson's disease may develop Parkinson's disease psychosis, which is associated with increased morbidity and mortality and has few treatment options. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of pimavanserin leading to this first approval for the treatment of hallucinations and delusions in patients with Parkinson's disease psychosis...
July 2016: Drugs
Kate Traynor
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June 15, 2016: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
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June 6, 2016: Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
Robert H Howland
Approximately all clinically useful antipsychotic drugs have known activity as dopamine receptor antagonists, but many of these drugs also are inverse agonists at the serotonin-2A (5HT2A) receptor. Pimavanserin is an inverse agonist at the 5HT2A receptor, with a lower binding affinity at the serotonin-2C receptor and sigma 1 receptor, but no significant binding to dopamine or other receptors. Because of its unique pharmacology, pimavanserin was approved for the treatment of psychosis associated with Parkinson's disease, and it has a low risk for exacerbating motor symptoms compared to standard antipsychotic medications...
June 1, 2016: Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
Matthew L Banks
BACKGROUND: Preclinical drug vs. food choice is an emerging group of drug self-administration procedures that have shown predictive validity to clinical drug addiction. Emerging data suggest that serotonin (5-HT)2A receptors modulate mesolimbic dopamine function, such that 5-HT2A antagonists blunt the abuse-related neurochemical effects of monoamine transporter substrates, such as amphetamine or methamphetamine. Whether subchronic 5-HT2A antagonist treatment attenuates methamphetamine reinforcement in any preclinical drug self-administration procedure is unknown...
August 1, 2016: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
Stefan Hermanowicz, Neal Hermanowicz
Parkinson's disease psychosis (PDP) is a common and often very disturbing component of Parkinson's disease (PD). PDP consists of hallucinations that are mainly visual and delusions that are often of a paranoid nature. These symptoms can be the most troubling and disruptive of all the manifestations of Parkinson's disease. Current treatment methods include the reduction of anti-Parkinson's medications, a strategy that may worsen the motor problems the medications are prescribed to alleviate, and the introduction of selected antipsychotic medications that carry with them the potential for troubling side effects and serious consequences...
June 2016: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
Ichiro Yasue, Shinji Matsunaga, Taro Kishi, Kiyoshi Fujita, Nakao Iwata
BACKGROUND: There is uncertainty about the efficacy and tolerability of serotonin 2A (5-HT2A) receptor negative modulators for Parkinson's disease psychosis (PDP). OBJECTIVE: This is the first meta-analysis of randomized placebo-controlled trials (RCTs) testing negative modulators of the 5-HT2A receptor as a treatment for PDP. METHODS: The primary outcome was the Scale for Assessment of Positive Symptoms (SAPS)-hallucinations (H) and -delusions (D) scores (SAPS-H+D)...
2015: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
N S Hunter, K C Anderson, A Cox
Pimavanserin (ACP-103) is a selective inverse agonist of the 5-hydroxytryptamine 2A (5-HT2A) receptor intended to treat patients with Parkinson's disease psychosis (PDP). Currently there are no FDA-approved medications in the United States for the treatment of PDP, although on September 2, 2014, the United States Food and Drug Administration granted breakthrough therapy status to pimavanserin, highlighting the unmet need for therapeutics in this class. Most antipsychotic medications worsen motor dysfunction due to dopamine antagonism, and all carry a black box warning for an increased risk of mortality in elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis...
November 2015: Drugs of Today
Ricardo P Garay, Michel Bourin, Evelyne de Paillette, Ludovic Samalin, Ahcène Hameg, Pierre-Michel Llorca
INTRODUCTION: For the last 30 years, drugs targeting serotonin receptors (5-HTR) have been intensively investigated in schizophrenia. New drugs targeting 5-HTRs are under development in patients with schizophrenia. AREAS COVERED: In this review, the authors describe the recent clinical trials for schizophrenia with selective serotonergic agents and provide an opinion on how the investigated drugs can help to fulfil current treatment needs. Clinical trials were found in US and EU clinical trial registries and in the medical literature...
2016: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
Anette Schrag, Anna Sauerbier, Kallol Ray Chaudhuri
Nonmotor manifestations in Parkinson's disease (PD) encompass a range of clinical features, including neuropsychiatric problems, autonomic dysfunction, sleep disorders, fatigue, and pain. Despite their importance for patients' quality of life, the evidence base for their treatment is relatively sparse. Nevertheless, the last few years have seen a number of new trials starting that specifically address nonmotor features as an outcome measure in clinical trials. Large randomized, controlled trials in the last 3 years reported improvement of psychosis with the new selective serotonin 5-HT2A inverse agonist pimavanserin and of postural hypotension with the oral norepinephrine precursor droxidopa...
September 15, 2015: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
Clive Ballard, Stuart Isaacson, Roger Mills, Hilde Williams, Anne Corbett, Bruce Coate, Rajesh Pahwa, Olivier Rascol, David J Burn
OBJECTIVES: To establish the mortality risk and adverse events associated with the use of atypical antipsychotic medications in people with Parkinson disease psychosis (PDP) in a clinically defined trial cohort. DESIGN: Post hoc analysis of data from a multicenter, open-label extension study of pimavanserin comparing people taking and not taking current antipsychotics. SETTING: Primary and secondary care medical centers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and India...
October 1, 2015: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Gerard J Marek
Pomaglumetad methionil (LY2140023) is a mGlu2/3 receptor agonist prodrug reported in 2007 to possess antipsychotic efficacy based on results of a phase 2 trial conducted entirely in Russia using in-patients with schizophrenia. Since that time, pomaglumetad methionil failed to demonstrate antipsychotic efficacy compared to placebo in three phase 2 or phase 3 trials, despite risperidone separating from placebo in one phase 3 trial. While there was some evidence of an antipsychotic effect in these studies on an a priori specified genetically-defined subpopulation based on single nucleotide polymorphisms of the 5-hydroxytryptamine2A receptor gene (HTR2A) , these effects were modest when compared to very limited effects in the overall population of schizophrenic patients responding to SOC second generation antipsychotic drugs...
2015: Current Pharmaceutical Design
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