A Spanish Consensus on the Use of Safinamide for Parkinson's Disease in Clinical Practice
Javier Pagonabarraga, José Matías Arbelo, Francisco Grandas, Maria-Rosario Luquin, Pablo Martínez Martín, Mari Cruz Rodríguez-Oroz, Francesc Valldeoriola, Jaime Kulisevsky
Safinamide is an approved drug for the treatment of fluctuations in Parkinson's disease (PD). Scarce data are available on its use in clinical practice. A group of Spanish movement disorders specialists was convened to review the use of safinamide across different clinical scenarios that may guide neurologists in clinical practice.
Eight specialists with recognized expertise in PD management elaborated the statements based on available evidence in the literature and on their clinical experience. The RAND/UCLA method was carried, with final conclusions accepted after a 2-round modified Delphi process. Higher level of agreement between panellists was reached for the following statements. Safinamide significantly improves mean daily ON time without troublesome dyskinesias [corrected]. Adjunctive treatment with safinamide is associated with motor improvements in patients with mid-to-late PD.
The efficacy of safinamide on motor fluctuations is maintained at long-term, with no increase over time in dyskinesias severity. The clinical benefits of safinamide on pain and depression remain unclear. Safinamide presents a similar incidence of adverse events compared with placebo. The efficacy and safety of safinamide shown in the pivotal clinical trials are reproduced in clinical practice, with improvement of parkinsonian symptoms, decrease of daily OFF time, control of dyskinesias at the long term, and good tolerability and safety.