COLLEGEVILLE, Pa., March 30, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, a division of Wyeth , Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Lundbeck A/S presented clinical study results on bifeprunox at an international medical congress this week. Safety analyses suggest bifeprunox, an investigational treatment for adult patients diagnosed with schizophrenia, was associated with a favorable weight and lipid profile, similar to placebo. In addition, increases in weight occurred in patients receiving active references versus placebo.
The analyses presented this week are based on further evaluation of clinical studies presented last year, which illustrated that, in a six-month trial, bifeprunox maintained stability in patients with stable schizophrenia versus placebo. In six-week trials, bifeprunox improved symptoms in patients with acute exacerbations of schizophrenia but showed a smaller mean effect than did active references versus placebo.
"Data from Phase 2 and Phase 3 trials suggest that, if approved, bifeprunox may be an important treatment option for stable patients with schizophrenia -- particularly because of our concerns about the high prevalence of metabolic syndrome in this patient population," says Herbert Y. Meltzer, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Psychopharmacology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center. "If approved, bifeprunox may be an important alternative for treating adult patients with schizophrenia over the long term."
A synopsis of new abstracts containing bifeprunox data presented at the meeting follows.
Metabolic and Safety Parameters of Bifeprunox -- In analyses of data from Phase 3, six-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled active-referenced studies: * Bifeprunox had favorable effects on total cholesterol, triglycerides (TG), very low-density lipoprotein and low-density lipoprote
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