The Cefaly® ACUTE medical device, recently cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the acute treatment of migraine, is the subject of a large phase 3 clinical trial in the United States that is progressing rapidly.

Previous pilot and pivotal trials (ACME1) demonstrated the efficacy and safety of the Cefaly® ACUTE neuromodulation medical device for the acute treatment of migraine attacks and led to the FDA approval. An additional trial on migraine abortion (Rochester 2,3 ), identically designed to the trials testing abortive migraine medications, showed excellent efficacy outcomes for the Cefaly treatment, an electroceuticals, that outperformed published data on triptans as well as new medical drugs currently under investigation: Lasmiditan, Ubrogepant, Rimegepant. Now a phase 3 trial (TEAM study) is underway to confirm the superior efficacy and safety of Cefaly® ACUTE. As part of the trial, 11 research sites will recruit 600 patients. At present, nine sites are recruiting and have already enrolled 309 patients including 191 who have completed testing. The full completion of the trial is expected this October 2018.

“It’s fantastic and the recruitment pace is impressive. It is always a big challenge to enroll patients in clinical phase 3 trials in a timely manner and to keep a steady recruitment pace,” said Dr. Pierre Rigaux, the chief executive officer of CEFALY Technology. “With the great organization of this trial we expect it to reach its completion in October, as it was ambitiously planned. We are eager to see the data analysis that is expected to demonstrate that Cefaly® ACUTE is the best acute treatment for migraine attacks and must be used as the first-line treatment.”


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