The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved fenfluramine (Fintepla, Zogenix) oral solution, a Schedule IV controlled substance, for the treatment of seizures associated with Dravet syndrome in children age 2 years and older.

Dravet syndrome is a rare childhood-onset epilepsy characterized by frequent, drug-resistant convulsive seizures that may contribute to intellectual disability and impairments in motor control, behaviour, and cognition, as well as an increased risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP).

Dravet syndrome takes a "tremendous toll on both patients and their families. Fintepla offers an additional effective treatment option for the treatment of seizures associated with Dravet syndrome," Billy Dunn, MD, director, Office of Neuroscience in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a news release.

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