Ipsen today announced a robust presence at the 12th World Congress for Neurorehabilitation (WCNR) in Vienna, Austria and virtually, from 14-17 December, further demonstrating the company’s long-standing partnership with the World Federation for Neurorehabilitation (WFNR) and ongoing commitment to neuroscience.
In addition to showcasing the company’s latest neuroscience clinical data, Ipsen will host a prime-time satellite symposium entitled “About time: Optimising Long-Term Outcomes for Patients Treated with Botulinum Toxin”. Facilitated by global neuroscience experts Dr. Jorge Jacinto, Dr. Klemens Fheodoroff and Dr. Alberto Esquenazi, the session will center on new clinical data and around Ipsen’s patient-centric approach to educational training and the importance of focusing on long-term outcomes for patients treated with a botulinum toxin.
Data presented at WCNR 2022 includes:
1. A Phase IV, Prospective, Observational, Multicenter Study Evaluating the Effectiveness and Safety of abobotulinumtoxinA in Pediatric Lower Limb Spasticity (PLLS).
2. A study exploring abobotulinumtoxinA efficacy and safety in children with upper limb spasticity previously treated with botulinum toxin.
3. A study examining the change in Leg Activity Measure (LegA) sensitivity following treatment of lower limb spasticity with a single cycle of abobotulinumtoxinA in an ambulant population.
4. Single centre, prospective, observational study methodology to assess the use of GripAble, a rehabilitation device, on patients with upper limb spasticity (ULS) receiving botulinum toxin A (BoNT-A).
5. Baseline data from the AboLiSh study, exploring the most frequently injected muscles in patients undergoing treatment with abobotulinumtoxinA for lower limb spasticity in routine practice.
6. The detrimental impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the management of post-stroke spasticity in England.
Continuing to advance neuroscience and neurotoxin research
With over 25 years of experience in neurotoxins, neuroscience innovation remains central to the company’s future. Key data from Ipsen’s research and development program reinforcing the company’s commitment to improving health outcomes for patients living with debilitating neurological disorders will be showcased at this year’s WCNR. Clinical updates include a focus on the need to ensure treatment for spasticity is individualized, assessment of the impact of treatment with Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA) in pediatric and adult spasticity and a review of the impact of COVID-19 on stroke admissions and interventions in the UK.
“The breadth of data being presented at the congress demonstrates our commitment to continued scientific innovation in neuroscience as well our focus on looking at patient care holistically to add value beyond our treatments. This aligns to our broader company strategy of thinking more holistically about how patients experience healthcare not just how they experience a medicine to advance neuroscience,” commented Steven Hildemann, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Ipsen.
Committed to improving health outcomes
WCNR 2022 also marks the 10th anniversary of Ipsen’s Ixcellence Network®, an educational program raising the standards of care for patients living with debilitating neurological disorders.
Since its launch, Ipsen has established 10 Ixcellence expert centers in Europe and Latin America, with nearly 800 physicians benefitting from the program so far and improving the standard of care for thousands of patients with spasticity from around the world with its best-in-class injector training.
Hamzah Baig, Vice President, Global Medical Affairs, Neuroscience, Ipsen, said: “With comprehensive and wide-ranging cutting-edge content, including use of advanced guidance techniques and implementation of multi-disciplinary care, the Ixcellence Network® is the only program of its kind to have articles published in peer-reviewed journals; it is the gold-standard for advanced training in treating cervical dystonia and focal spasticity.”
As part of their commitment to physician education, Ipsen will be delivering an interactive educational training session at this year’s WCNR, tailored around the management of complex patient cases.
Spasticity is a condition in which there is an abnormal increase in muscle tone or stiffness in one or more muscles, which might interfere with movement. Spasticity is usually caused by damage to nerve pathways in the brain or spinal cord that control muscle movement, and may occur in association with cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, stroke, and brain or head trauma. In adults, approximately one in three stroke patients, one in three patients with spinal cord injury, one in six patients with traumatic brain injury, and two in three patients with MS will develop lower limb spasticity.
Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA) is an injectable form of a botulinum neurotoxin type A (BoNT-A) product, which is a substance derived from Clostridium bacteria producing BoNT-A that inhibits the effective transmission of nerve impulses and thereby reduces muscular contractions. It is supplied as a lyophilized powder. AbobotulinumtoxinA has marketing authorization in more than 90 countries, more than 30 years of clinical experience and 6 million treatment years of patient experience.
The detailed recommendations for the use of Dysport are described in the Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) for Dysport (300 units) Powder and Dysport (500 units) Powder.
NOTE: Dysport® labels and approved indications may vary from country to country.
Ipsen (ipsen.com) is a global mid-sized biopharmaceutical company focused on transformative medicines in Oncology, Rare Disease and Neuroscience. With Specialty Care sales of €2.6bn in FY 2021, Ipsen sells medicines in over 100 countries. Alongside its external-innovation strategy, the company’s research and development efforts are focused on its innovative and differentiated technological platforms located in the heart of leading biotechnological and life-science hubs: Paris-Saclay, France; Oxford, U.K.; Cambridge, U.S.; Shanghai, China.
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