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FDA Advisory Committee Votes in Favor of SAPHRIS(R) (asenapine) for Acute Bipolar I Disorder and Acute Schizophrenia
Date:7/30/2009

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About Bipolar I Disorder

Bipolar I disorder (also known as manic depression) is a chronic, episodic illness characterized by mania (episodes of elevated moods, extreme irritability, decreased sleep and increased energy), depression (overwhelming feelings of sadness, suicidal thoughts), or a combination of both. It is the sixth leading cause of disability in the world, affecting approximately 1 to 5 percent of adults, including 10 million Americans. About half of the patients with bipolar disorder who recover in response to treatment experience recurrence two years later. Patients may experience a high rate of failure due to lack of efficacy or side effects, including metabolic side effects. Poor tolerability frequently leads to treatment discontinuation even when the treatment is providing some benefit. To help manage this challenge, patients often receive multiple medications or need to switch treatments.

About Schering-Plough

Schering-Plough is an innovation-driven, science-centered global health care company. Through its own biopharmaceutical research and collaborations with partners, Schering-Plough creates therapies that help save and improve lives around the world. The company applies its research-and-development platform to human prescription, animal health and consumer health care products. Schering-Plough's vision is to "Earn Trust, Every Day" with the doctors, patients, customers and other stakeholders served by its colleagues around the world. The company is based in Kenilworth, N.J., and its Web site is www.schering-plough.com.

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