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New schizophrenia drug

4th September 2007

Scientists have reported that the first human trials of a new schizophrenia drug has yielded promising results.

Patients treated with “LY2140023? showed improvements in symptoms and few side effects and experts now say that the Nature Medicine study, by drug firm Eli Lilly, should prompt further trials.

The experimental drug targets glutamate receptors in the brain rather than dopamine. Mental health charity Rethink welcomed the results and called for higher levels of investment from the pharmaceutical industry in research in drug treatments for schizophrenia that reduce side effects whilst still being effective.


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