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A Greater Effect on Depressive Symptoms than Current Treatments is One of the Greatest Unmet Needs in Treatment-Resistant Depression
Date:5/1/2013

BURLINGTON, Mass., May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that a greater effect on depressive symptoms than current treatments is one of the greatest unmet needs in patients with treatment-resistant depression (TRD)*, according to insights from surveyed psychiatrists in the United States and Europe as well as U.S. managed care organizations' (MCOs') pharmacy directors. Pharmacological treatment for TRD most typically involves switching, combining (two antidepressants from different classes) or augmenting (combining another agent with an antidepressant). The atypical antipsychotics Abilify (Bristol-Myers Squibb/Otsuka Pharmaceutical's aripiprazole) and Seroquel XR (AstraZeneca's quetiapine XR, generics in the United Kingdom and Germany) are two therapies approved as adjunct therapies to antidepressants in the U.S. and are also used in this patient population.

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"Adjunctive treatment with atypical antipsychotics, though considered effective by thought-leaders, generally results in significant weight gain, and so emerging therapies could differentiate themselves in the marketplace by demonstrating both efficacy in TRD and by having a more tolerable weight gain profile," said Decision Resources Analyst Alana Simorellis , Ph.D.

The DecisionBase 2013 report entitled In the Crowded Antidepressant Market Space, What Are the Remaining Opportunities for New Therapies for TRD? also finds that surveyed pharmacy directors are more receptive to a therapy offe
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