FDA announced new requirements for the monitoring, prescribing, and dispensing of clozapine, an atypical antipsychotic for treatment-resistant schizophrenia, due to the continued risk of severe neutropenia, which can be life-threatening.
A first-in-class antipsychotic that is a selective serotonin inverse agonist (with no dopaminergic, histaminergic, adrenergic, or muscarinic activity) potentially targeting 5-HT2A receptors, improved Parkinson’s disease psychosis (PDP) with demonstrated safety and tolerability, and without worsening motor Parkinson’s, according to data presented in two posters at the 19th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders (MDS), in San Diego.
FDA’s approval of generic versions of Abilify (aripiprazole), an antipsychotic drug approved to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, from 4 different generic manufacturers, has industry insiders pondering the generic drug market.
Initiating antipsychotics may elevate a child’s risk not only for significant weight gain, but also for type 2 diabetes by nearly 50%, according to a study in JAMA Pediatrics. Moreover, among children who are also receiving antidepressants, the risk may double.
Restrictive Medicaid prior authorization policies are leading to substitution of potentially inappropriate, off-label psychotropic medication use and other problems in prescribing antipsychotic medications for children, according to a recent research letter.