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Opicapone: follow-up on the BIPARK I and II trials

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Prof. Joaquim J. Ferreira, Laboratorio de Farmacologia Clínica e Terapêutica, Faculdade de Medicina de Lisboa, Portugal
EAN 2019
The peripheral catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) inhibitor opicapone proved effective in the treatment of motor fluctuations in PD patients in BIPARK-I and II [1,2]. In a post-hoc analysis of these two large, pivotal, multinational trials, opicapone was effective regardless of baseline presence of dyskinesia and of concurrent rasagiline use [3,4]. In another post-hoc analysis, opicapone was effective in reducing motor fluctuations in ‘early fluctuators’, resulting in a significant proportion of responders (achieving at least 1 hour of OFF-time reduction or 1 hour of ON-time increase), similar to the total study population [5]. In the 1-year extension of the BIPARK-I study, the placebo and entacapone groups switched to open-label opicapone. During this period there was no worsening of non-motor symptoms for subjects in these groups [6]. Patients who had switched from placebo presented significantly less disability. At the end of the double-blind pe...

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