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Lasmiditan is associated with driving impairment



Single oral doses of lasmiditan were absorbed rapidly. The median time to peak concentration was approximately 2 hours, and the mean elimination half-life was about 4.25 hours. Exposure to lasmiditan was approximately dose proportional.

Before each driving assessment, investigators asked participants, “Do you feel safe to drive?” Depending on the dose, 55%-80% of participants responded affirmatively, but the majority of participants had clinically meaningful changes in SDLP. “This [result] is consistent with the FDA guidance in the literature that subject perception of safety to drive is faulty and supports the need for formal driving assessments,” said Dr. Pearlman.

Dizziness, somnolence, and headache were the most common adverse events in the study, and this result was similar to those of the phase 3 trials. Most of the adverse events were of mild to moderate severity.

Questions for further study

Among the questions that future research could address is whether the lasmiditan-related effects seen in these studies in healthy subjects are similar to those in patients with migraine when lasmiditan is taken to treat a migraine attack, said Dr. Pearlman. Another open question is whether migraine has ictal and interictal effects on driving performance.

Eli Lilly, which has developed lasmiditan, sponsored the studies. Dr. Pearlman and several of coinvestigators are employees of the company.

SOURCE: Pearlman E et al. AHS 2019, Abstract IOR06.


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