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October 25, 2006
FDA approves Seroquel for bipolar depression
filed under Bipolar Disorder Medications
Seroquel, (manufactured by AstraZeneca) which is already used to treat the manic phases of bipolar disorder, has recently been approved by the FDA for treatment of bipolar depression, making it the only drug approved for both indications.
In an Astra Zeneca press release it quoted Patterson, executive director of development as saying "Treating acute bipolar disorder with a single medication may help patients adhere to their medication regimen,"
"For many patients with bipolar disorder, the depressive symptoms are significantly more debilitating and frequent than the manic symptoms, and having a medication that effectively treats both acute phases of the illness can be crucial to the overall treatment process," said Michael Thase, professor of psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
A recent news story by DataMonitor in the UK stated that AstraZeneca is currently defending the patent on its Seroquel drug, as Teva Pharmaceuticals is planning to market a generic version of the anti-psychotic drug.
Posted by szadmin at October 25, 2006 12:47 PM
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