New Era For Schizophrenia Therapy Beckons As Karuna Soars On Promising Phase III Data
Mechanism Exceeds Efficacy Expectations
The PureTech Health-founded entity believes it has made a significant step forward in the treatment of schizophrenia with its muscarinic-receptor acting agent KarXT, which could offer a completely new way to address all three symptom domains of the disease.
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Karuna’s KarXT could be the first new mechanism for treating schizophrenia approved in more than 50 years and founder PureTech is tapping into that promise by linking up with Royalty Pharma and boosting its cashpile.
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