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AAN 2024 | Results of pridopidine use in the Phase II HEALEY-ALS platform trial

Pridopidine, an investigational sigma-1 receptor agonist, was one of multiple promising therapeutics studied as part of the Phase II HEALEY-ALS platform trial. Michael Hayden, MB, ChB, PhD, FRCP, FRSC, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, talks on the findings of the pridopidine arm and the plans for a Phase III study. Pridopidine was well tolerated, but did not meet the primary endpoint of change from baseline to 24 weeks in ALSFRS-R total in the overall study population. However, when assessing only those with early ALS (symptom onset ≤18 months), significant benefits were seen on ALSFRS-R total, compared to placebo. Respiratory function, dyspnea, and speech were also improved in those receiving pridopidine, compared to placebo. Prof. Hayden outlines plans for a Phase III study later this year. This interview took place at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting 2024 in Denver, CO.

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