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SK life science Reports Effectiveness of Long-Term Use with Cenobamate

April 15, 2021 GMT
SK life science, a subsidiary of SK biopharmaceuticals (PRNewsfoto/SK Life Science, Inc.)
SK life science, a subsidiary of SK biopharmaceuticals (PRNewsfoto/SK Life Science, Inc.)

PARAMUS, N.J., April 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- SK Life Science, Inc. will present post-hoc analyses of data from a subset of patients in a large, multi-center, open-label Phase 3 safety study (C021) with cenobamate in adults with uncontrolled partial-onset seizures during the American Academy of Neurology’s (AAN) Annual Meeting, held virtually from April 17–22, 2021. The post-hoc analyses examined a subset of 240 patients from Study C021 across 10 sites in the U.S. Among those 240 patients, 177 patients remained on cenobamate as of the last clinic visit analyzed on or after September 1, 2019.1,2,3


In one analysis, 33.9% (60/177) of patients who remained on cenobamate had sustained seizure freedom for at least 12 months as of their last clinic visit and 46.9% (83/177) of patients who remained on cenobamate were seizure-free for at least one year at any time during the follow-up.1 An additional analysis showed that reductions in seizures were seen at doses of <100 milligrams per day while using cenobamate.2 Furthermore, reducing doses of concomitant anti-seizure medications (ASMs) led to fewer patients discontinuing cenobamate. Approximately 25% (98/395) of all concomitant ASMs were discontinued completely among those patients who remained on cenobamate.3

“These post-hoc analyses provide more information about the real-world use of cenobamate in conjunction with other ASMs and show that over the long-term, approximately one-third of patients who remained on cenobamate achieved and maintained seizure freedom,” said William Rosenfeld, MD, epileptologist/neurologist at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Care Center for Children and Adults, in St. Louis, Missouri. “Additionally, when clinicians lowered the doses of concomitant ASMs to help their patients manage side effects, more of those patients remained on cenobamate and maintained their reductions in seizures.”

In the post-hoc analyses of data from a subset of patients in Study C021, no new safety signals were identified, and the most common adverse events in ongoing cenobamate patients were fatigue, dizziness, and somnolence.

In total, SK life science will share eight posters and two oral presentations, which will be available to AAN registrants here, beginning Saturday, April 17. To see the SK life science virtual booth at AAN, please visit StepIntoXcopri.com.


About Study C021
Study C021 was a large, multi-center, open-label Phase 3 study assessing the safety of cenobamate as adjunctive therapy in 1,339 adults (18-70 years old) with uncontrolled focal seizures, taking 1-3 anti-seizure medications (ASMs). The objectives of the study included the characterization of the long-term safety of cenobamate and to understand how to best add cenobamate to regimens that included phenytoin or phenobarbital. In addition, the study was designed to determine the rate of DRESS in at least 1,000 patients taking cenobamate for at least 6 months, using a low starting dose and every other week titration. Cenobamate was initiated at 12.5 mg/day and increased at 2-week intervals to 25, 50, 100, 150 and 200 mg/day. Further increases to 400 mg/day using bi-weekly 50 mg/day increments were allowed.

About Cenobamate
Cenobamate was discovered and developed by SK Biopharmaceuticals and SK life science. While the precise mechanism by which cenobamate exerts its therapeutic effect is unknown, it is believed to reduce repetitive neuronal firing by inhibiting voltage-gated sodium currents. It is also a positive allosteric modulator of the γ-aminobutyric acid (GABAA) ion channel.

Cenobamate is approved in the United States as an anti-seizure medication (ASM) for the treatment of partial-onset seizures in adults, and is available under the brand name XCOPRI® (cenobamate tablets) CV. Cenobamate can be combined with other ASMs or used alone.

Cenobamate is approved in the European Union under the brand name ONTOZRY® for the adjunctive treatment of focal-onset (partial-onset) seizures with or without secondary generalization in adult patients with epilepsy who have not been adequately controlled despite a history of treatment with at least two anti-epileptic medicinal products. SK Biopharmaceuticals entered an exclusive licensing agreement with Arvelle Therapeutics to develop and commercialize cenobamate in Europe in early 2019. Angelini Pharma, which announced a definitive merger agreement to acquire Arvelle Therapeutics, plans to launch cenobamate in the EU and other countries in the European Economic Area (Switzerland and the United Kingdom).

SK Biopharmaceuticals also has an exclusive licensing agreement with Ono Pharmaceutical to develop and commercialize cenobamate in Japan.



  • Are allergic to cenobamate or any of the other ingredients in XCOPRI.
  • Have a genetic problem (called Familial Short QT syndrome) that affects the electrical system of the heart.


Allergic reactions: XCOPRI can cause serious skin rash or other serious allergic reactions which may affect organs and other parts of your body like the liver or blood cells. You may or may not have a rash with these types of reactions. Call your healthcare provider right away and go to the nearest emergency room if you have any of the following: swelling of your face, eyes, lips, or tongue, trouble swallowing or breathing, a skin rash, hives, fever, swollen glands, or sore throat that does not go away or comes and goes, painful sores in the mouth or around your eyes, yellowing of your skin or eyes, unusual bruising or bleeding, severe fatigue or weakness, severe muscle pain, frequent infections, or infections that do not go away. Take XCOPRI exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it. It is very important to increase your dose of XCOPRI slowly, as instructed by your healthcare provider.

QT shortening: XCOPRI may cause problems with the electrical system of the heart (QT shortening). Call your healthcare provider if you have symptoms of QT shortening including fast heartbeat (heart palpitations) that last a long time or fainting.

Suicidal behavior and ideation: Antiepileptic drugs, including XCOPRI, may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people, about 1 in 500. Call your health care provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you: thoughts about suicide or dying; attempting to commit suicide; new or worse depression, anxiety, or irritability; feeling agitated or restless; panic attacks; trouble sleeping (insomnia); acting aggressive; being angry or violent; acting on dangerous impulses; an extreme increase in activity and talking (mania); or other unusual changes in behavior or mood.

Nervous system problems: XCOPRI may cause problems that affect your nervous system. Symptoms of nervous system problems include: dizziness, trouble walking or with coordination, feeling sleepy and tired, trouble concentrating, remembering, and thinking clearly, and vision problems. Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how XCOPRI affects you.

Do not drink alcohol or take other medicines that can make you sleepy or dizzy while taking XCOPRI without first talking to your healthcare provider.


Do not stop taking XCOPRI without first talking to your healthcare provider. Stopping XCOPRI suddenly can cause serious problems. Stopping seizure medicine suddenly in a patient who has epilepsy can cause seizures that will not stop (status epilepticus).


XCOPRI may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how XCOPRI works. Do not start or stop other medicines without talking to your healthcare provider. Tell healthcare providers about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements.


XCOPRI may cause your birth control medicine to be less effective. Talk to your health care provider about the best birth control method to use.

Talk to your health care provider if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if XCOPRI will harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant while taking XCOPRI. You and your healthcare provider will decide if you should take XCOPRI while you are pregnant. If you become pregnant while taking XCOPRI, talk to your healthcare provider about registering with the North American Antiepileptic Drug (NAAED) Pregnancy Registry. The purpose of this registry is to collect information about the safety of antiepileptic medicine during pregnancy. You can enroll in this registry by calling 1-888-233-2334 or go to www.aedpregnancyregistry.org.

Talk to your health care provider if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if XCOPRI passes into breastmilk. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby while taking XCOPRI.


The most common side effects in patients taking XCOPRI include dizziness, sleepiness, headache, double vision, and feeling tired.

These are not all the possible side effects of XCOPRI. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.


XCOPRI is a federally controlled substance (CV) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Keep XCOPRI in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving away XCOPRI may harm others and is against the law.


XCOPRI is a prescription medicine used to treat partial-onset seizures in adults 18 years of age and older. It is not known if XCOPRI is safe and effective in children under 18 years of age.

Please see additional patient information in the Medication Guide. This information does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your condition or your treatment.

Please see full Prescribing Information.

About Epilepsy
Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder. There are approximately 3.4 million people living with epilepsy in the United States, with 150,000 news cases each year in the country.4 Epilepsy is characterized by recurrent, unprovoked seizures. The seizures in epilepsy may be related to a brain injury or a family tendency, but often the cause is completely unknown. Having seizures and epilepsy can affect one’s safety, relationships, work, ability to drive, and much more.5,6 People with epilepsy are at risk for accidents and other health complications, including falling, drowning, depression and sudden unexplained death in epilepsy (SUDEP).5,6 Despite the availability of many antiepileptic therapies, almost 40 percent of people with epilepsy are not able to achieve seizure freedom, meaning they have epilepsy that remains uncontrolled.7

About SK Biopharmaceuticals Co., Ltd. and SK Life Science, Inc.
SK Biopharmaceuticals and its U.S. subsidiary SK life science are global pharmaceutical companies focused on the research, development and commercialization of treatments for disorders of the central nervous system (CNS). The companies have a pipeline of eight compounds in development for the treatment of CNS disorders, including epilepsy. Additionally, SK Biopharmaceuticals is focused on the discovery of new treatments in oncology. For more information, visit SK Biopharmaceuticals’ website at www.skbp.com/eng and SK life science’s website at www.SKLifeScienceInc.com.

Both SK Biopharmaceuticals and SK life science are part of SK Group, one of the largest conglomerates in Korea. SK Inc., the parent company of SK Biopharmaceuticals, continues to enhance its portfolio value by executing long-term investments with a number of competitive subsidiaries in various business areas, including pharmaceuticals and life science, energy and chemicals, information and telecommunication, and semiconductors. In addition, SK Inc. is focused on reinforcing its growth foundations through profitable and practical management based on financial stability, while raising its enterprise value by investing in new future growth businesses. For more information, please visit http://hc.sk.co.kr/en/.

XCOPRI® and ONTOZRY® registered trademarks of SK Biopharmaceuticals Co., Ltd.

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