FDA Panel OKs Schizophrenia Drug for Adolescents

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ADELPHI, Md. (AP) - Advisers to the Food and Drug Administration
say a powerful psychiatric drug from AstraZeneca is safe and
effective to treat schizophrenia in adolescents.

The FDA's panel of experts voted overwhelmingly that the pill Seroquel is a useful treatment for schizophrenia in patients ages 13 to 17.

A vote on the drug's use for pediatric bipolar disorder is slated for later Wednesday.

The group also is weighing expanded approval of drugs from Eli Lilly and Pfizer for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

The FDA is not required to follow the group's advice, though it usually does.

A positive FDA decision would allow the companies to expand marketing of drugs that already make up the top-selling class of prescriptions in the U.S.

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
KOLO-TV 4850 Ampere Drive Reno, NV 89502
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 47536002 - kolotv.com/a?a=47536002
Gray Television, Inc.