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, 5 (4), 201-17

A Survey of Psychotropic Medications Not Available in the United States

  • PMID: 1804161
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A Survey of Psychotropic Medications Not Available in the United States

O Vinar et al. Neuropsychopharmacology.

Abstract

The range of psychotropic medications available in the U.S. for the treatment of serious mental illnesses is limited. Many agents have been "me too" drugs, offering primarily side-effect differences, instead of new indications or mechanisms. As a result, patients refractory to the original drugs are not helped. Other patient populations (both mentally ill and addicted) have "fallen through the cracks" of the current U.S. psychotropic drug development process. The recent approval of chlorimipramine and clozapine demonstrates that real benefits for U.S. patients can be realized from judicious introduction of non-U.S. drugs. Many more psychotropic drugs developed and used in other countries are not available in the United States. Industrial and regulatory obstacles could be surmounted by the legislative innovation proposed. This survey identifies some specific non-U.S. drugs of interest.

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