FDA Approves New Drug To Treating Schizophrenia And Bipolar Disorder.“Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder can be disabling and can greatly interfere with day-to-day activities,” said Mitchell Mathis, M.D., director of the Division of Psychiatry Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “It is important to have a variety of treatment for bipolar disorder options available to patients with mental illnesses so that treatment plans can be tailored to meet a patient’s individual needs.”

Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe and disabling brain disorder affecting about one percent of Americans. Typically, symptoms are first seen in adults younger than 30 years of age and include hearing voices or seeing things that are not there, believing other people are reading their minds or controlling their thoughts, and being suspicious or withdrawn.

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