Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE:TEVA) today announced the publication of results from the Phase II/III study ARM-TD (Aim to Reduce Movements in Tardive Dyskinesia) in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The ARM-TD study evaluated the safety and efficacy of the investigational use of deutetrabenazine (SD-809) compared to placebo in the treatment of moderate to severe tardive dyskinesia (TD).
“Tardive dyskinesia is a chronic and debilitating condition that affects patients who are already suffering from significant primary psychiatric illnesses,” said Michael Hayden, M.D., Ph.D., President of Global R&D and Chief Scientific Officer at Teva. “We are pleased to share this publication with the scientific community.”
Randomized controlled trial of deutetrabenazine for tardive dyskinesia was published online ahead of print in Neurology®. The ARM-TD study and publication was led by Principal Investigators Hubert Fernandez, M.D., Professor of Neurology at the Center for Neurological Restoration at the Cleveland Clinic and Karen E. Anderson, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Neurology at Georgetown MedStar University Hospital.
About the ARM-TD Study
The ARM-TD study was a 1:1 randomized, multi-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study of 117 patients in the United States and Europe (104 patients completed the study) with moderate to severe tardive dyskinesia. Enrolled patients received either deutetrabenazine or placebo, which was titrated to optimal dosage over the course of six weeks, and then administered at that dose for another six weeks for a total treatment of 12 weeks.
The objectives of the study were to evaluate the efficacy of deutetrabenazine in reducing the severity of abnormal involuntary movements associated with tardive dyskinesia and to evaluate the safety and tolerability of titration and maintenance therapy with deutetrabenazine in subjects with drug-induced tardive dyskinesia.
About Tardive Dyskinesia
Tardive dyskinesia, a condition for which there are no approved therapies in the United States, is a movement disorder characterized by repetitive and uncontrollable movements of the tongue, lips, face, trunk and extremities. The often debilitating disorder affects about 500,000 people in the United States and is usually a result of treatment with widely used medications for psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Deutetrabenazine, an investigational treatment for tardive dyskinesia, is an oral, small molecule inhibitor of vesicular monoamine 2 transporter, or VMAT2, that is designed to regulate the levels of a specific neurotransmitter, dopamine, in the brain. Deutetrabenazine is approved in the United States for the treatment of chorea associated with Huntington’s disease
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