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Safety and Efficacy of Centanafadine Sustained-Release in Adults With Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Results of Phase 2 Studies

Authors Wigal SB, Wigal T, Hobart M, Madera JJ, Baker RA, Kohegyi E, McKinney A, Wilens TE

Received 12 December 2019

Accepted for publication 12 May 2020

Published 8 June 2020 Volume 2020:16 Pages 1411—1426


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Roger Pinder

Sharon B Wigal,1 Tim Wigal,1 Mary Hobart,2 Jessica J Madera,3 Ross A Baker,3 Eva Kohegyi,3 Anthony McKinney,4 Timothy E Wilens5

1AVIDA Inc., Newport Beach, California, USA; 2Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc., Rockville, Maryland, USA; 3Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc., Princeton, New Jersey, USA; 4Ethismos Research, Inc, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA; 5Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Correspondence: Timothy E Wilens
Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Center for Addiction Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Purpose: Two phase 2 studies evaluated the efficacy and tolerability of centanafadine sustained-release (SR) for adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Patients and Methods: In a phase 2a, flexible-dose, single-blind study, 41 male patients (aged 18‒55 years) with a diagnosis of ADHD (based on Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition) were titrated with centanafadine-SR 200‒300, 400, or 500 mg/d for 2 weeks, and then were treated with the titrated dose for 2 weeks. In a phase 2b, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study, 85 male and female patients (aged 18‒60 years) with a diagnosis of ADHD (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition) were titrated to target doses of centanafadine-SR 400, 500, 600, or 800 mg/d over the course of 1 week, and then received their titrated dose for 3 weeks. The primary outcome in both studies was mean total ADHD Rating Scale-IV (ADHD-RS-IV) score.
Results: In the phase 2a study, mean ADHD-RS-IV total score decreased by 21.41 (standard deviation 10.74) from the start of active centanafadine-SR treatment to the end of week 4 (P< 0.001). In the phase 2b study, centanafadine-SR treatment resulted in a statistically significant improvement in ADHD-RS-IV from baseline to week 3 compared with placebo (least-squares mean − 16.5 vs − 8.4; P< 0.001; effect size 0.66), with significant efficacy demonstrated as early as week 1. Centanafadine-SR was generally well tolerated at doses ≤ 400 mg. Most treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs) were mild or moderate; decreased appetite, headache, and nausea were the most frequently reported. In the 2 studies, 13 of 120 patients discontinued centanafadine-SR due to TEAEs; however, only 1 patient who received ≤ 400 mg discontinued due to a TEAE. No serious TEAEs were reported at any dose.
Conclusion: These results support the continued development of centanafadine-SR at doses up to 400 mg/d.

Keywords: ADHD Rating Scale-IV, efficacy, norepinephrine-dopamine-serotonin reuptake inhibitor, tolerability

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