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Positive data on new antidepressant from Lundbeck

Lundbeck have reported positive results from a phase III trial with a new antidepressant candidate from the Danish company.

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Lundbeck’s candidate drug, the antidepressant Brintellix, performs better than a possible rival drug, Valdoxan (agomelatin), in patients with major depression and inadequate response to SSRI or SNRI therapy, results from a recently concluded phase III trial with the two drugs indicate, according to a statement released on Monday.

"Patients with inadequate response to current SSRI or SNRI therapies represent a large proportion of patients suffering from major depression. Only a few years ago, the landmark STAR*D study1 confirmed a significant unmet medical need as only half of patients responded to their first-line treatment, which was an SSRI. First-line treatments in clinical practice are typically SSRIs or SNRIs," says Executive Vice President Anders Gersel Pedersen, Head of Research & Development at Lundbeck.

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