February 29, 2020

SK Biopharma’s anti-epileptic drug wins FDA approval

PUBLISHED : November 22, 2019 - 09:37

UPDATED : November 22, 2019 - 09:47

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SK Biopharmaceuticals said Nov. 22 its anti-epileptic drug has won approval from the US Food and Drug Administration.

The company said the FDA granted approval of XCOPRI, or cenobamate tablets, for the treatment of partial-onset seizures in adults.

This is the first time a South Korean pharmaceutical company has independently earned the FDA approval without partnering or licensing out. SK Biopharmaceuticals has been developing the anti-epileptic drug since 2001.

“This FDA approval is a major step toward our goal of becoming a fully integrated global pharmaceutical company that can discover, develop and deliver new treatment options for epilepsy and the central nervous system,” SK Biopharmaceuticals CEO Cho Jeong-woo said in a release.

With results from clinical trials on 2,400 patients in the world, SK Biopharmaceuticals submitted a new drug application for cenobamate tablets to the FDA last year.

SK Biopharmaceuticals said studies showed XCOPRI significantly reducing partial-onset seizure frequency, with up to 20 percent of patients achieving zero seizures during the maintenance phase.

XCOPRI is expected to be available in the United States in the second quarter of 2020, following a scheduling review by the US Drug Enforcement Administration, according to the company.

Its US affiliate SK Life Science will lead marketing and sales of the drug, SK Biopharmaceuticals said.

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