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First-of-Its-Kind Study Suggests Importance of Routine Mental Health Screening in the Care of Patients Suffering From Genetic Disease PKU
Date:3/18/2011

NOVATO, Calif., March 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (Nasdaq: BMRN) announced today preliminary results from ADAPT (A Diversified Approach for PKU Treatment) in an abstract (Abstract #91, Mental Health Screening in Phenylketoniuria (PKU) Clinic) presented by Barbara Burton, MD at the 2011 annual American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) conference in Vancouver, Canada.  ADAPT, which was funded by a grant from BioMarin, is the first multi-center study suggesting the importance of mental health screening at clinics for patients suffering from PKU.  Although numerous studies have demonstrated a definite correlation between blood Phe (phenylalanine) levels -- currently the sole indicator used to assess PKU treatment -- and psychiatric impairment, very few PKU clinics in the U.S. screen patients for neuropsychiatric function.  As a result, PKU patients with psychiatric impairment may go undiagnosed and untreated.  

"The interim results from ADAPT are important to clinicians, patients and patients' families because neuropsychiatric impairment can have a devastating impact on the success of overall PKU treatment; yet, mental health screening is not a part of standard PKU treatment practice," said study investigator Barbara Burton, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Director, PKU Clinic, Children's Memorial Hospital. "ADAPT is the first multi-center study to suggest the importance of routine mental health screening at clinics for patients with PKU.   By adding simple questionnaires to a routine PKU clinic visit, treating clinicians have the potential to assess psychiatric symptoms and neurocognitive function and, if appropriate, refer patients to a mental health professional. This new standard of care could improve not only the care and quality of life of patients but also adherenc
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