Last updated on February 2018

Safety Study of Tasimelteon for Treatment of Non-24-Hour-Sleep-Wake Disorder in Blind Individuals With No Light Perception

Brief description of study

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety of a one year open-label treatment of tasimelteon in male and female subjects with Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder.

Detailed Study Description

Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder (N24HSWD) occurs when individuals, primarily those without light perception, are unable to synchronize their endogenous circadian pacemaker to the 24-hour light-dark cycle, and the timing of their circadian rhythm instead reflects the intrinsic period of their endogenous circadian pacemaker. As a result, the circadian rhythm of sleep-wake propensity in these individuals moves gradually later and later each day if there circadian period is > 24 hours and earlier and earlier if < 24 hours. These individuals will be able to sleep well at night when their sleep-wake propensity rhythm is approximately aligned with the 24-hour light-dark and social cycle. However, after a short time, the endogenous sleep-wake propensity rhythm and the 24-hour light-dark cycle will move out of synchrony with each other, and they may have difficulty falling asleep until well into the night. In addition to problems sleeping at the desired time, the subjects experience daytime sleepiness and daytime napping.

This will be a multicenter, open-label study. The study has two phases: the screening phase and the evaluation phase. The screening phase is comprised of a screening visit where a patient's general health and initial eligibility will be evaluated. The evaluation phase is comprised of a baseline visit and a 52 week segment. Patients that meet all entry criteria for the study at baseline visit will enter the treatment segment where patients will be asked to take 20 mg tasimelteon daily approximately 60 minutes prior to their target bedtime for 52 weeks in an open-label fashion. An optional sub-study extension phase is available to subjects who complete the first year of treatment and consists of continued open-label treatment for up to 3 years additional.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT01218789

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