Researchers Bet on Experimental Drug for Schizophrenia

An experimental drug could ease a variety of signs that strike folks with schizophrenia, without the side effects of present medications, an early clinical trial suggests.

Researchers Bet on Experimental Drug for Schizophrenia

Researchers found that over one month, the drug helped manage the other ways in which schizophrenia manifests—from delusions and hallucinations to flattened emotions and social withdrawal.

Amongst 120 sufferers who took the drug, 65% were responding by week four. That compared with 44% of sufferers given a placebo.

The drug—dubbed SEP-363856—additionally appeared to avoid the unintended effects common with normal antipsychotic medications.

Specialists were hopeful that the findings, revealed April 16 in the New England Journal of Medication, will result in a brand new remedy possibility.

Whereas there’s a laundry list of antipsychotic medicines for schizophrenia, they’re decades old. And for the thousands of people worldwide with the mental illness, there’s nonetheless an essential “unmet medical need,” said research author Kenneth Koblan.

He’s a chief scientific officer at Sunovion Pharmaceuticals in Marlborough, Mass., the creating corporate SEP-363856.

One issue with modern medicines is that side effects could make adherence difficult, Koblan stated.

Beyond that, existing drugs address one group of schizophrenia signs—the hallucinations, delusions and confused ideas that doctors call positive symptoms.

The drugs work properly against positive signs in nearly 70% of patients, said Dr. Donald Goff, a Prof. of psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine in New York City.