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Individuals with tardive dyskinesia (TD) who completed a long-term study (KINECT 3 or KINECT 4) of valbenazine (40 or 80 mg/day, once-daily for up to 48 weeks followed by 4-week washout) were enrolled in a subsequent study (NCT02736955) that was primarily designed to further evaluate the long-term safety of valbenazine.
Participants were initiated at 40 mg/day (following prior valbenazine washout). At week 4, dosing was escalated to 80 mg/day based on tolerability and clinical assessment of TD; reduction to 40 mg/day was allowed for tolerability. The study was planned for 72 weeks or until termination due to commercial availability of valbenazine. Assessments included the Clinical Global Impression of Severity-TD (CGIS-TD), Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire (PSQ), and treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs).
At study termination, 85.7% (138/161) of participants were still active. Four participants had reached week 60, and none reached week 72. The percentage of participants with a CGIS-TD score ≤2 (normal/not ill or borderline ill) increased from study baseline (14.5% [23/159]) to week 48 (64.3% [36/56]). At baseline, 98.8% (158/160) of participants rated their prior valbenazine experience with a PSQ score ≤2 (very satisfied or somewhat satisfied). At week 48, 98.2% (55/56) remained satisfied. Before week 4 (dose escalation), 9.4% of participants had ≥1 TEAE. After week 4, the TEAE incidence was 49.0%. No TEAE occurred in ≥5% of participants during treatment (before or after week 4).
Valbenazine was well-tolerated and persistent improvements in TD were found in adults who received once-daily treatment for >1 year.
Valbenazine (VBZ) is a novel vesicular monoamine transporter 2 (VMAT2) inhibitor approved to treat tardive dyskinesia (TD) in adults. It has been evaluated in 2 long-term studies (KINECT 3, KINECT 4) in which participants received VBZ (40 or 80mg) for up to 48weeks. This long-term rollover study (NCT02736955) was conducted to evaluate global TD improvement and patient satisfaction with once-daily VBZ.
Key eligibility criteria: age 18 to 85 years; completion of KINECT 3 or KINECT 4; maintenance medications (for schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or mood disorder) at stable doses; Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale score <50; no significant risk of active suicidal ideation or behavior. Following washout of prior VBZ treatment (Weeks 48 to 52 of KINECT 3 and KINECT 4), participants were re-initiated at 40mg (4weeks) and escalated to 80mg based on tolerability and clinical assessment of TD; dose was reduced to 40mg if 80mg was not tolerated (80/40mg). If unable to tolerate the 40mg dose, the participant was discontinued. Participants received open-label VBZ for up to 72weeks or until commercial availability. Assessments included Clinical Global Impression of Severity-TD (CGIS-TD: range, 1[“normal, not at all ill”] to 7[“among the most extremely ill patient”]) and Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire (PSQ: range, 1[“very satisfied”] to 5[“very dissatisfied”]).
160 participants with available data were included in analyses (40mg =35; 80mg =117; 80/40mg =8); 138 were receiving treatment when VBZ became commercially available. The percentages of participants who completed visits at Wks 12, 24, 36, and 48 were 96.3%, 78.1%, 56.9% and 35.0%, respectively. Few reached Wk 60 (n=4) or Wk 72 (n=0) due to commercial availability. The percentage of participants with CGIS-TD score ≤2 (“normal, not at all ill” or “borderline ill”) increased from baseline (before restarting VBZ) (40mg, 5.7%; 80mg, 18.1%) to Wk 48 (40mg , 41.7%; 80mg , 74.4%). At baseline, almost all participants rated their prior VBZ experience with a PSQ score ≤2 (“very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied”) (40mg , 100%, 80mg , 99.1%). Similar results were seen at the Wk 48 visit, with most participants continuing to express satisfaction with VBZ (40mg , 100%; 80mg , 97.4%).
A clinician-based global assessment indicated ongoing, meaningful TD improvements in adults who received once-daily VBZ in the current study. In participants treated for >1 year, continued patient satisfaction rates with VBZ were high.
Funding Acknowledgements: Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc.