Otsuka, Lundbeck Seek Alzheimer's Agitation Claim For Antipsychotic
Otsuka and Lundbeck are seeking to expand the use of psychiatry drug Rexulti into Alzheimer's agitation to up the product's commercial prospects, but mixed Phase III data for the drug mean a third regulatory nod is uncertain.
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With no currently approved treatment for agitation in Alzheimer’s disease, analysts see a solid revenue opportunity for Rexulti. The companies plan to file a supplemental NDA later this year.
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