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Sundance Diagnostics Developing Antidepressant Suicide Risk Test
Date:12/12/2013

patients who developed antidepressant-induced suicidality in the Institute's study, nearly 60% experienced the serious side effect within two weeks of beginning treatment.

Contrary to the current FDA warning that persons under the age of 25 have the greatest risk, study results indicated there was no age difference between those who developed suicidal ideation and those who did not.  Scientists at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), in their 1,900-patient STAR*D study, showed similar data.  

Since 2005 all antidepressant drugs in the U.S., Canada and a number of European countries have carried the highest level warning for risk of suicide, but doctors have not been able to determine which patients may be at risk – sometimes with tragic results. 

Sundance CEO Kim Bechthold stated, "Our hope is that the new test will assist the physician in significantly reducing the risk of these tragic results and will provide patients and families with valuable personal information to use with their doctors in planning treatment."

Eleven percent of Americans age 12 and over are reported to be taking an antidepressant drug in the CDC's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).  Antidepressant use increased 400% from the period 1988-1994 through 2005-2008, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. 

The original research, "Genome-Wide Association Study of Antidepressant Treatment-Emergent Suicidal Ideation," was published online in Neuropsychopharmacology  October 26, 2011. 

The licensing agreement was concluded with Max Planck Innovation, the Max Planck Institute´s technology transfer organization.

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