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FDA Approves Generic Lexapro for Depression, Anxiety

March 14th, 2012
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the first generic Lexapro (escitalopram tablets) to treat both depression and generalized anxiety disorder in adults. Lexapro is one of the most widely prescribed psychiatric medications in the U.S., in a 2009 article from ...

New Study Fails to Tie Antidepressant to Suicide in Kids

February 7th, 2012
New Study Fails to Tie Antidepressant to Suicide in KidsA new analysis of clinical trial data has found that treatment with the antidepressant fluoxetine ...

Generic Zyprexa OK’d by FDA for Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder

October 25th, 2011
Generic Zyprexa OKd by FDA for Schizophrenia, Bipolar DisorderThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday approved the first generic versions of Zyprexa (olanzapine tablets) and Zyprexa Zydus (olanzapine orally disintegrating tablets) ...

Celexa Linked to Heart Damage at High Doses

August 24th, 2011
Celexa Linked to Heart Damage When Taken at High DosesAccording to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the antidepressant Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide, which is also available as a generic) should no longer be used ...

Recall of Antipsychotics Risperdal, Risperidone Issued

June 18th, 2011
Recall of Antipsychotics Risperdal, Risperidone IssuedTwo popular antipsychotic medications made by Johnson & Johnson -- Risperdal and risperidone -- have been recalled due to possible contamination with a chemical used to treat the wood pallets ...

Invega Approved as Treatment for Schizophrenia in Teens

April 13th, 2011
Invega Approved as Treatment for Schizophrenia in TeensA new drug has been approved for a rare population -- teens with schizophrenia. The illness is typically diagnosed first in young adulthood, usually the early 20s. But the ...

FDA Reviews Claims that Artificial Food Dyes Contribute to Hyperactive Behavior

April 1st, 2011
FDA Reviews Claims that Artificial Food Dyes Contribute to Hyperactive BehaviorThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration is currently reviewing recent studies of food coloring and its effect on children's behavior.   In a preliminary report, ...

Pfizer Issues Voluntary Recall of Citalopram and Finasteride

March 28th, 2011
The maker of Citalopram and Finasteride announced a voluntary recall of the two drugs Saturday due to mislabeling and possible ingestion of the wrong drug by patients. Greenstone LLC, a subsidiary of drug giant Pfizer, announced that it is voluntarily conducting a recall, ...

Viibryd Approved to Treat Depression in Adults

January 25th, 2011
Viibryd Approved to Treat Depression in AdultsViibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Monday to treat major depression -- also known as clinical depression -- in adults. Viibryd is a one-of-a-kind ...

New Medication Approved for Schizophrenia

November 1st, 2010
New Medication Approved for Schizophrenia The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Latuda (lurasidone HCl) tablets for the treatment of adults with schizophrenia. "Schizophrenia can be a devastating illness requiring ...