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FDA Approves Vanda Pharmaceuticals' Fanapt(TM) for the Treatment of Schizophrenia
Date:5/6/2009

s, dry mouth, fatigue, nasal congestion, orthostatic hypotension, somnolence, tachycardia, and weight increased.

Weight gain was mild, and the overall mean weight increase across all short- and long-term studies was 2.1 kg. Fanapt(TM) was not associated with any medically important elevations in glucose, triglycerides or cholesterol. Fanapt(TM) was also associated with only modest elevations of prolactin as compared to larger elevations seen with some other drugs in this class.

Fanapt(TM) has a low incidence of extrapyramidal symptoms (movement disorders and tremors) and a placebo-like rate of akathisia (restlessness, inability to sit still), which are adverse events that are often associated with some other drugs in the class of atypical antipsychotics.

Similarly to some other drugs in this class, Fanapt(TM) may affect heart rhythm parameters and specifically the QTc interval, which may lead physicians to consider prescribing Fanapt(TM) after other antipsychotics are tried first.

About Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a chronic debilitating disorder which affects more than two million Americans, and millions more worldwide. While significant progress has been made in understanding the disease and developing treatments, there remains a significant unmet medical need. More than 50% of patients switch their medication in a given year due to either poor response or the experience of adverse events. Worldwide sales from the class of atypical antipsychotics exceeded US $20 billion in 2007.

About Vanda

Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of clinical-stage products for central nervous system disorders. For more on Vanda, please visit http://www.vandapharma.com.


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