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Labopharm files New Drug Submission with Health Canada for novel antidepressant
Date:8/5/2009

ments versus placebo in all three quality of sleep end points, with an improvement by the first week of therapy in "overall quality of sleep" and "awakening during the night". The incidence of agitation, weight gain and sexual dysfunction in patients administered Labopharm's trazodone was no different from placebo. The overall drop out rate in the study was 25 percent. The drop out rate was 21 percent in the placebo group and 30 percent in the trazodone group. In the trazodone group, four percent of patients discontinued treatment due to somnolence or sedation. The drop out rate observed in this study is comparable to drop out rates in typical depression studies. The results of this study are found in the May 2009 issue of Psychiatry (Edgemont) (Volume 6, Number 5) (www.psychiatrymmc.com).

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a common mental illness often characterized by a combination of symptoms that interfere with a person's ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy once-pleasurable activities. Approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives.

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Labopharm is an emerging leader in optimizing the performance of existing small molecule drugs using its proprietary controlled-release technologies. The Company's lead product, a unique once-daily formulation of tramadol, is now available in 17 countries around the world, including the U.S., Canada, major European markets and Australia. The Company's second product, a novel formulation of trazodone for the treatment of major depressive disorder, is under regulatory review in the U.S. by the FDA. The Company also has a robust pipeline of follow-on products in both pre-clinical and clinical development. Labopharm's vision is to become an integrated, international, specialty pharmaceutical company with the capability to internally develop and commercialize its own pro
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