Catalyst’s Firdapse Gets FDA ‘Breakthrough’ Designation

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amifampridine

used as phosphate salt

Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners Receives Breakthrough Therapy Designation From FDA for Firdapse(TM) for the Treatment of LEMS

CORAL GABLES, Fla., Aug. 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc. (Nasdaq:CPRX), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel prescription drugs targeting rare (orphan) neuromuscular and neurological diseases, today announced that its investigational product
Firdapse(TM) (amifampridine phosphate) has received “Breakthrough Therapy Designation” by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the symptomatic treatment of patients with Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome (LEMS). Firdapse(TM) is Catalyst’s investigational therapy that is being evaluated for the treatment of the debilitating symptoms associated with LEMS, including muscle weakness.

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3,4-Diaminopyridine (or 3,4-DAP) is an organic compound with the formula C5H3N(NH2)2. It is formally derived from pyridine by substitution of the 3 and 4 positions with an 

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