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Schering-Plough Unveils Top-Line Study Results for SAPHRIS(TM) (asenapine) Demonstrating Efficacy in Long-Term Schizophrenia Relapse Prevention
Date:11/24/2008

ingual tablet, is a novel compound with a unique human receptor signature. Schering-Plough anticipates a filing for the approval of asenapine in Europe in 2009 for treatment of schizophrenia, and treatment of manic episodes associated with bipolar 1 disorder. Asenapine is currently under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of schizophrenia and acute manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder. The company acquired asenapine in November 2007 through its acquisition of Organon BioSciences, which developed the product.

The Phase III study was a placebo-controlled, double-blind, clinical trial with a randomized withdrawal design that evaluated the efficacy and safety of sublingually administered asenapine (5 or 10 mg BID) compared to placebo in the prevention of relapse in patients with schizophrenia. A total of 700 patients entered the open-label treatment with asenapine for up to 26 weeks. Of these, a total of 386 patients met criteria for stabilization on asenapine and were randomized to treatment in the 26-week double-blind placebo-controlled phase of the trial.

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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