Posted from: Tuesday, September 08, 2015 - 11:25 AM - Present

Keveyis Approved for Periodic Paralysis

August 10, 2015 – The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted approval for Taro Pharmaceutical Industries’ Keveyis (dichlorphen-amide). Keveyis is an oral carbonic anhydrase inhibitor, indicated for the treatment of primary hyperkalemic and hypokalemic periodic paralysis.

Keveyis is the first medication approved by the FDA to treat primary periodic paralysis, an inherited disorder that causes episodes of muscle weakness of paralysis. Approximately 5,000 patients in the U.S. have primary periodic paralysis.

The recommend starting dose for Keveyis is 50mg twice daily, titrated up to a maximum dose of 200mg per day. Taro Pharmaceutical plans to launch Keveyis in the 3rd quarter of 2015, and will be made available through limited distribution. 

 

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