Researchers have been unable to determine why some depression patients respond better than others to the class of drugs that includes Prozac, Zoloft and Celexa. Now a team has uncovered a gene that may act as a biomarker for this type of patient, potentially helping to match the drug with the patient.
Scientists at the Cambridge, MA, startup Sage Therapeutics have discovered an innate mechanism that indirectly influences a key receptor linked to a number of neurologic and psychiatric disorders, including Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, autism and depression.
Certain metabolites can flag patients with biopolar depression for whom intravenous doses of ketamine will work best or not at all, researchers have concluded.
A class of drugs known as glutamatergic agents may one day offer relief to the 9.1% of Americans who suffer from depression per year. These agents act on the glutamate system of the brain, one of the two major amino acid systems that aid information processing in networks of neurons.
Regulators at the FDA stamped an approval on Brintellix, a new therapy to treat major depression from Lundbeck and Takeda, just hours before the government prepared to hunker down in a partial shutdown.
A well-known anesthetic called ketamine may be the revolutionary medicine that drug developers at Johnson & Johnson and elsewhere are chasing to bring the next generation of depression drugs to patients.
Bristol-Myers Squibb is calling it quits on a depression drug it was working on with Albany Molecular Research, and investors sent the contractor's shares into a plunge as its CEO preached patience.
BMS-820836--an investigational triple reuptake inhibitor in a pair of midstage studies for treatment-resistant depression--failed the primary endpoints when compared to Eli Lilly's Cymbalta (duloxetine).
Israel's Brainsway has finally locked in a commercial partner to mount a large-scale U.S. commercial effort for its FDA-approved device to treat depression, but the company is keeping details to itself.
Cyberonics may have to scale back its projections for fiscal 2013, as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has again declined to cover the company's brain-stimulating implant for treatment-resistant depression.