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INVEGA approval extended

Treatment of schizophrenia extended to include adolescents aged 15 years and older
Young adults

Janssen-Cilag International NV announced that the EC has approved an extension of the oral atypical antipsychotic INVEGA® (paliperidone ER) schizophrenia indication, to include adolescents aged 15 years and older.

The decision from the EC follows a positive opinion from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency in April 2014.

“This decision means that INVEGA® becomes an additional treatment choice available to physicians and to young people living with schizophrenia,” said Andreas Schreiner, European Therapy Area Lead, Neuroscience and Pain. “We are therefore delighted that the European Commission has approved INVEGA® for the treatment of schizophrenia in adolescents aged 15 years and over.”

The approval is based on results from three pivotal phase III studies with INVEGA in adolescents. Results showed that INVEGA has a safety and efficacy profile in adolescents similar to that observed in adults with schizophrenia. In the first, a 6-week, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, INVEGA 3 mg, 6 mg and 12 mg once-daily dose strengths resulted in improvements in symptoms of schizophrenia in adolescents.

As an extension to this study, a large 2-year open- label multicentre phase III study, demonstrated the tolerability and efficacy of flexibly dosed INVEGA. The data also support the efficacy of INVEGA in maintaining symptom stability for schizophrenia over the 2-year treatment period in this patient population.

The third phase III study was a double-blind randomised controlled study that evaluated the efficacy, safety and tolerability of INVEGA relative to oral aripiprazole, another antipsychotic licensed for the treatment of adolescent schizophrenia.

The results showed a robust and clinically relevant improvement with INVEGA in symptom and functional measurements, and demonstrated a tolerability profile similar to that observed in an adult population.

While schizophrenia is a lifelong condition, effective treatments can help people with schizophrenia to live a normal life. Clinical guidelines recommend a combination of medication and psychotherapy, psycho-education and self-help.

Beyond simply controlling symptoms, effective treatment means that people living with the condition have a much better chance of returning to or continuing their work or study and managing independent living and social relationships, which in turn can aid their recovery.

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