Karuna Therapeutics to Present Data from the EMERGENT Program Evaluating KarXT in Schizophrenia at the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology Annual Meeting
“We look forward to presenting additional data from the EMERGENT program to help increase understanding of the safety and efficacy profile of KarXT and further illustrate its potential as a novel mechanism for the treatment of schizophrenia, an area of significant unmet need,” said
Details of the presentations are as follows:
Presentation Title: Safety and Efficacy of KarXT in Patients with Schizophrenia in the Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Phase 3 EMERGENT-2 and EMERGENT-3 Trials
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Symposium Title: Pharmaceutical Pipeline Session
Poster Title: The Potential Role of the M1/M4 Muscarinic Receptor Agonist KarXT in the Treatment of Cognitive Impairment in Patients with Schizophrenia
Poster Number: W77
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Symposium Title: Poster Session I with Lunch
KarXT (xanomeline-trospium) is an oral, investigational M1/M4-preferring muscarinic agonist in development for the treatment of psychiatric and neurological conditions, including schizophrenia and psychosis in Alzheimer’s disease. KarXT is the first potential medicine of its kind with a novel dual mechanism of action. Unlike current therapies, KarXT does not rely on the dopaminergic or serotonergic pathways, and it is designed to harness the therapeutic potential of xanomeline while managing peripheral side effects through trospium. This approach has the potential to provide a differentiated therapy, and, if approved, to beneficially impact the lives of millions of people with serious mental illness.
Schizophrenia is a persistent and often disabling mental illness affecting how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. It is characterized by positive symptoms (hallucinations and delusions), negative symptoms (difficulty enjoying life and withdrawal from others), and cognitive impairment (deficits in memory, concentration, and decision-making) – all of which can severely impact functioning, with only 10% of people gainfully employed and many struggling to meet adult milestones such as living independently. The life expectancy of people living with schizophrenia is reduced by 10-25 years compared to the general population. Schizophrenia affects more than 21 million people worldwide and is most commonly treated with antipsychotics. Unfortunately, many people with schizophrenia continue to experience limited efficacy or problematic side effects while on antipsychotic therapy, and approximately 75% of patients discontinue medication before 18 months. When schizophrenia treatment is discontinued, it can lead to impacts on health including relapse, hospitalization, and longer time to remission.
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